Friday, August 2, 2013
Beverly Hills Cop Retrospective: Beverly HIlls Cop II
Beverly Hills Cop II
Director: Tony Scott
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Brigitte Nielsen, Dean Stockwell, Jurgen Prochnow, Ronny Cox, Paul Reiser
Sponsored By: Playboy
The second Axel Foley adventure falls into that sequel trope of being "more of the same". A lot of times back in the day, if you got a sequel, you just got the same movie repackaged. I'm not saying its an exact remake, but all the beats are the same and very little progresses. Its an entertaining movie no doubt, but there's nothing here that really needed to be explored.
This movie had some big points that reminded me of A View To A Kill a bit. There's a bit with horse racing that is familiar. Most of it I guess is that henchwoman Brigitte Nielsen's Karla being an obvious knock off of Grace Jones' May Day. Both are the main squeeze of the big bad, larger than life women that run heist operations, wear crazy array of sexy and stealthy outfits, fire big guns, kick ass and speak few words. While I'd rather take 80s Brigitte on a date, May Day through and through is the cooler character.
Next Time: Axel takes a 3rd trip to Beverly Hills