A series of strange robberies brings Axel Foley back to Beverly Hills to help his two fellow cops solve the case. All the familiar faces of the first film are back... Written by
Chris Makrozahopoulos <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ah the 1980's, the decade of both smart and dumb/fun action films. Unlike a lot of the action films of today those films had a good sense of what they were and they were not trying to be more than they were. Here we have Beverly Hills Cop II, the sequel to one of the best comedy action films of the decade. The sequel is not as good as the original but remains a very fun film and while dumb at times it had some brains to go along with it.
The film is about Detroit Detective Axel Foley as he returns to Beverly Hills to investigate the near fatal shooting of his friend Chief Bogamil with the help of Police Detectives Taggart and Rosewood.
The storyline to the film is nothing grand. It's mostly a comedy anyways so don't expect any big mystery that will have you talking about for weeks to come. It's a good plot for what it is; there is really no mystery to it since that they show you who the bad guys are anyways. But there are some good detective parts as we see once again the complete contrast in styles between the Detroit Detective and the Beverly Hills Detectives which is where the fun begins. The story is better in the first film of the series but it's still fun in this one.
But we really aren't here for how good the plot is as long as it's not completely ridicules. We are here some the comedy presented by Eddie Murphy playing once again Detective Axel Foley. Murphy is strong here picking up right where he left off from the first one. Murphy is a genius at comedy and shows offs his talents in many different scenes. One in which he inherits a house for a whole weekend which is one of the best scenes of the film. There are several others but it's hard to pick a favorite but just like the story there are not as many as the first but it's still very funny. But we go deeper in Murphy's character as we learn (and anyone who has seen this will know what I am talking about) that Axel "broke a few laws growing up." But he is not the only character we learn more about. We learn that Rosewood has a great taste for some heavy duty firepower as we get treated to his love for firepower first hand.
The two Beverly Hills cops are named Taggart and Rosewood. Taggart is played by John Ashton and he is the uptight cop that doesn't want to do anything bad but only gets sucked into it by Axel. He works perfectly because he is a contrast to Axel and only makes it funnier to watch them two go back and forth in the film until Axel wins the argument. Rosewood is played by Judge Reinhold and he is the Beverly Hills cop that wants to be a bad ass. He is very funny and is a bit of an Idiot and that's another reason why he is so funny.
There are also a number of action sequences in the film. The action is both exciting and funny all at the same time. It's all very well done and it includes car chases and numinous of gun fights. One of the gun fights happens to be a huge all out firefight at the end (where we see the best of Rosewood) that is tense, funny and very well shot. Director Tony Scott knows how to stage both small and large scale action sequences. This was all done in the Pre-CGI era and all of it looks great. The explosions and the car chases were all real no fake looking over the top computer images are present. And guess what? It all looks great! Imagine that.
The Bottom Line is this is a very well done action comedy film. It was not pretending to be anything more than what it was, which was just plan good old fashion thrills. This is a much shorter review than I usually write because there is not much to it. Don't expect Shakespeare or the Godfather out of this, all this is, is a good fun and funny action comedy film.
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