Thursday, May 19, 2016

Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

Director: Richard Donner

Writers: Channing Gibson, Jonathan Lemkin, Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

Composers: Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton, David Sanborn

Starring: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Chris Rock, Jet Li, Steve Kahan, Kim Chan, Darlene Love, Traci Wolf

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  The Gang's All Here.

Plot:  With personal crises and age weighing in on them, LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh must contend with a deadly Chinese crime lord trying to get his brother out of prison.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Probably not.

I probably haven't seen this since the theater.  Gibson has shorter hair.  That's an improvement.  They had to leave the 80s behind at some point.  The main story looks like it's supposed to be the Chinese crime stuff but it's not.  That's just the thin-ish reason to get these characters back in another film.  What's really going on is bringing the relationships to a nice stopping point.  Riggs & Murtaugh, Riggs & Cole, Murtaugh and his daughter, etc.  The saxophone riffs are laughably annoying.  Also annoying was the several minute stand-up routine that Butters (Rock) does in the office.  Yeah, it was funny but it had no business being in the film.  The picture's already over two hours as it is.  The fight scene in the moving house was fantastic.  It's actually a step up from LW3.  The hospital scene at the end was cute and I REALLY liked seeing photos of the film crew during the closing credits.  Nice touch and thank you for the folks that made this, and the others, so much fun.  The Warner Bros. snapcase DVD (part of a box set which was nothing more than a slipcase for the existing DVDs to house and sold together) has the film in anamorphic widescreen.  The only extra you get is a commentary from Donner and co-producers J. Mills Goodloe & Geoff Johns.  Seriously, that's it.

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