A veteran cop, Murtough, is partnered with a young homicidal cop, Riggs. Both having one thing in common, hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one and other to stop a gang of drug smugglers.
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This is the buddy cop movie to end all buddy cop movies. With an excellent script from Shane Black, masterful direction from Richard Donner, and the electric chemistry of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover and you've got a pretty fucking great movie.
This is such a FANTASTIC film. I love the 80s early 90s action flicks, because most of them aren't spoiled by epileptic-Tony-Scotty-Paul-Greengrassy editing. They tend to energize the film by what's in the picture, and not by editing effects.
An almost perfect action movie with a good story and interesting characters played by good actors. The actions scenes are old school and carries emotional weight instead of flashy CGI-trickery and the chemistry between Glover and Gibson is also a success factor. For a 30 year old movie this one has aged gracefully and still outguns the current competition.
Richad Donner directed Superman, The Omen, and the Lethal Weapon movies. Any director that succeeds as much he did in such diverse genres, and whose films provide demonstrate such a strong influence on Hollywood films today requires study, respect, and a reevaluation.
Maybe I enjoy this one more than it deserves. But I don't care. It is fun and a very good action film almost at the end of the 80's, a decade that needed at least one of those filmes, and had two of them with the release of Die Hard on year after.
Perhaps 80's action films were all self-aware? Beginning as a rather reflective police procedural, the action and logic soon jump into ludicrous speed in a manner that seems purposeful and reflexive: a comment on the American Banal, allowing regular joes an outlet to blow shtuff up. The use of sound - always commenting on the characters - seems to point this way. It's practically magical realism for working stiffs.
Time has not been nice to Lethal Weapon. While Lethal Weapon may have written the book on buddy-cop flicks, besides the chemistry between Gibson and Glover, there is nothing special here. I was underwhelmed almost at every turn. Sure, times have changed, but as the contrivances grow and any sense of beleivability dwindles away, you're left with a mediocre bang-bang shoot em' up that is not interesting or substantial.
I had to sell a number of my DVD's once, I was forced to decide between the Dirty Harry series and all the Lethal Weapon movies. Lethal Weapon won, because I will always pick a comedy over a non historical drama.