Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Beverly Hills Cop Retrospective: COBRA!!!!
Director: George P. Cosmatos
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, Andrew Robinson, Brian Thompson, Lee Garlington
I don't deal with psychos. I put 'em away.
Oh helllll yes I found a way to work Cobra into a retrospective! I was pretty happy when i realized I could pull this off. Cobra came out of the script Stallone was wanting to use for Beverly Hills Cop and took with him when he walked away. We discussed it last time and I didn't go much further on it, wanted to leave it as a tease. He used an adaption of the novel Fair Game (which was also made into another movie with that title starring Cindy Crawford and Billy Baldwin - I won't be covering that one). Stallone may have dropped many story elements that coincided with Beverly Hills Cop, but a few characters, story elements and sequences remained the same.
The film feels an attempt at creating a modern Dirty Harry. Stallone takes it way over the top though and creates a character just completely consumed by the stereotype, leaving us nothing else. He's got one liner after one liner and a itchy trigger finger. "You're the disease and I'm the cure" may not have taken off as much as "Go ahead, make my day", it's still so damn hilariously awesome. Also, instead of hunting one anonymous psychopath we get a group of them. To help, Dirty Harry vets Andrew Robinson and Reni Santoni are in the cast as well. There's plenty of correlations leading one to believe it was the intention of the film to make a modern Dirty Harry.
The Cobra car is actually Stallone's own car he put in the film. See the dedication of the man? The thing takes a beating and ultimately is totaled during a mid-movie chase. However, many replica's were created so his real one isn't abused. Stallone famously had the car stolen from his garage back in 1994, too. Just a few years ago, however, through a lawsuit with an auction company, he was able to be happily reunited with his vehicle. Maybe THAT's what's holding us up and we can finally get Cobra II: The Viper's Venom. The movie was actually a big success and had (at the time) Warner Bros highest grossing opening weekend.
Next Time: We pick back up with Axel Foley in BEVERLY HILLS COP II