While the story may not be especially memorable, Jeffrey Boam’s brisk screenplay and Donner’s workmanlike direction keep things moving enough to gather enough momentum in preparation for Gibson’s third-act, tear-down-the-house rampage.
When I watch these movies (this one in particular) I can't help but marvel at how consistently, relentlessly high the energy is. How Richard Donner kept everyone at an 11/10 on set at all times is baffling to me.
There's no denying it: the edges here have been rounded off compared to the darkness, the genuine pathos touched upon in Shane Black's script for the first "Lethal Weapon." That said, you'd be hard-pressed to find an Eighties genre sequel that proves as fun, as hilarious, and as truly action-packed as this stellar second entry. The chemistry among the cast members is such that every laugh onscreen feels genuine.
Tops the first one with more action, explosives and humor and scenes where Joe Pesci talks a lot but lacks the really good story. A tragic romance between Mel Gibson and Patsy Kensit would have been a lot stronger too had it not been for the terrible accent that Kensit has throughout the film that makes me squirm.