Monday, May 9, 2016

Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

Director: Richard Donner

Writers: Jeffrey Boam, Robert Mark Kamen

Composers: Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton, David Sanborn

Starring: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Stuart Wilson, Steve Kahan, Darlene Love, Traci Wolfe, Damon Hines, Ebonie Smith, Gregory Millar, Nick Chinlund, Sven-Ole Thorsen

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  The magic is back again!

Plot:  Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh pursue an arms dealer who is a former LAPD officer.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  Probably not.

I haven't seen this series in ages and it's not holding up as well as I would have liked.  They're definitely getting worse with each one.   Like LW2, the story takes backseat to the action set pieces.  It's the action that almost dictates the story.  I'm sure that's how they (they being the writers, director, actors, producers, studio) conceived it.  Nevertheless, I like hanging out with Gibson and Glover.  They make a great pair and they've got great chemistry.  One thing that REALLY started to annoy me was the sudden burst of saxophone licks.  It's like they had to put one in every six minutes.  It was so bad that my friends and I burst into laughter each time.  The same thing happened in the fourth film.  It's become such a cliche that when I hear someone doing that in another film, it almost always is joke referencing this series.  They were great in the first film but now it's just ridiculous.  The Warner Bros. DVD (I've got the box set that has each film in a snapcase) presents the film in anamorphic widescreen.  The only extras you get are two anamorphic widescreen trailers for this film.  That's it.  Even though these go downhill with each film I may get the Blu-ray set someday.  I say I won't watch this one (or the next) but I'll probably give in to nostalgia and bang through all of them again someday.  I should ready this write-ups before I do to save some time.

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