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this was an excellent sequel to the classic 1984 film. eddie is back, but, he is back where he was in the first movie, this time is not out for revenge for his criminal friend, but for her captain bogomil (ronny cox) of the beverly hills ploice department, who is suspended from ploice work, while working on a case known as the alphabet crimes. by a gang of international jewelry, money and weapon smugglers. led by german actor Jurgen prochnow, and bridgitte nielsen, who is ruthless as the leader of the smuggling gang. axel travels back to beverly hills, to hunt down his friends hitman, who shot him. also returning is john ashton as sgt. taggert, and judge reinhold as billy rosewood. teaming up to look for the criminals. but, what makes there mission impossible, is the abusive, new beverly hills chief played by veteran character actor allen garfield. who thinks, the whole mission is uneccessary for the heroes to go after. for this sequel, i like it how the director tony scott, brother of director ridley scott, switched scene to scenes, between the hilarious detroit scenes with inspector todd (gil hill) and jeffrey (paul reiser) who had a scene in the first movie, to be showing off their hilarious talent in this movie. you also get to see more of those guys, cause you only got to see them for a short time in the first. they have bigger funnier parts. jeffrey is asked by axel to watch overe his ferrari while he is gone. then, todd is funny. this film also features more very funny new jokes by murphy, and ashton and reinhold's characters seem to have a much better sense of humor in this movie, then the first. this movie was violent, furious like the first.little more explosions, and gun fight scenes then the first too. it was very funny to see so many improvisations by murphy. much more than the original. the cameos in the film, by chris rock, gilbert gottfried were hilarious. this marked as rocks first major movie. serge from the first was not in this sequel though. the scene in rosewood's house was hilarious. then, how they get his name wrong, rosemound, roseweed. harold faltermeyer comes back to do the musical score. and jerry bruckheimer for the producing. this film was wonderful! great sequel!! this was the last beverly hills cop film of the 80's following 1994's beverly hills cop 3. last movie for john ashton, ronny cox, paul reiser to be in this movie. cause they were not in the third. and for producer jerry bruckheimer, and composer harold faltermeyer. and, last one to have most explosions, big bad mild language, sexual material and most of the supporting cast in the first, and this one who do not return in the 3 movie for over 7 years later. few 80's celebrities, in this film, and laughs to be enjoyed for quite while.
Beverly Hills Cop 2 continues the antics of that famous detective from Detroit. This time Axel Foley deals with an evil woman and her accomplices who commit "Alphabet Crimes". Once again, Eddie Murphy gives yet another crazy performance. He does those funny characters again. The action and comedy doesn't disappoint. This is yet another thrill ride. ****stars. (Paramount)
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Three years after the original "Beverly Hills Cop" came out and astonished audiences, this charismatic sequel followed with Eddie Murphy in top form. Indeed, this is the kind of sequel where members of the original cast find themselves in jeopardy. As it turns out, Captain Andrew Bogomil (Ronny Cox of "Deliverance") gets gunned down a long-legged doll Karla Fry (Brigitte Nielsen of "Red Sonja") and before you can snap your fingers, Detriot Detective Alexl Foley is off to Los Angeles to unravel the case of the 'Alphabet Crimes.' Naturally, Detective Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhoold) and Sergeant John Taggart (John Aston) are on the case, too, but their efforts are mitigated by a cluelessly incompetent Police Chief Harold Lutz (Allen Garfield of "Nashville"),who has more than enough encounters with Axel. The eerie villains are led the sinister Maxwell Dent (Jürgen Prochnow of "Das Boot")and they have big plans that Axel foils. Meanwhile, in Detriot, Axel has his partner Detective Jeffrey Friedman (Paul Reiser) run interference for him with his departmental nemesis Inspector G. Douglas Todd (Gilbert Hill of "Beverly Hills Cops") while he is off cavorting in Beverly Hills. Tony Scott helms the action with his usual polish and "Beverly Hill Cops 2" looks pretty slick with its babes and its gunfights.
I've noticed these movies are starting to follow a simple routine: a
friend of Axel Foley's is attacked; Axel goes to Beverly Hills where he
doesn't belong; Axel puts his job AND his life on the line as he
searches for whoever's responsible; Axel gets into numerous spats with
the Beverly Hills cops as he tries to prove to them that his suspects
are indeed guilty; Axel is sent back home, but instead recruits someone
(Taggert and Rosewood) into helping him prove his point; Axel turns out
to be right, and bam, final showdown.
While this formula has its limitations, there are many ways to pull it off, but only a few of them actually work. Luckily Tony Scott picked one of the ones that DO work.
Here we have Axel drawn back to Beverly Hills after his friend Bogomil has been near-fatally shot by a group of 'alphabet thieves', who send the cops the first letter of the name of their next target. Fast- talking Axel eventually winds up in an arms smuggling operation with Rosewood and Taggert behind him every step of the way. Another threat to them is a cop--in fact, he's Chief Harold Lutz, an abusive moron who will look for the slightest excuse to fire someone. Axel is up to his usual antics, even going so far as to concoct a method of tricking the chief into thinking he's there on a 'multi-jurisdictional case'.
While not as smart as the original, it's still a very entertaining movie that even provides a bit more development on Foley, Rosewood, and Taggert, with a few hilarious surprises from Rosewood.
Tony Scott's sequel is more violent, grander in scale, and arguably funnier than the first. Even before his flashy, hyper-active camera style days with films like Domino and Man on Fire, you' know a Tony Scott movie when you saw it.
Give it a watch. It's definitely a lot of fun, and only inferior to the first movie by a small margin.
There is a gang of robbers led by Karla Fry (Brigitte Nielsen) on the
loose in Beverly Hills leaving notes. Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) went to
the FBI for help in investigating the Alphabet crimes. Bogamil gets
suspended while Rosewood and Taggart (John Ashton) gets downgraded to
traffic by Chief Harold Lutz (Allen Garfield). Then Fry ambushes
Bogamil and leaves him near death. Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) comes out
to Beverly Hills to solve the Alphabet case and find who shot Bogamil.
Taggart is reluctant but the guys help Foley to investigate. It leads
to Karla Fry, Charles Cain (Dean Stockwell) and Maxwell Dent (Jürgen
Axel Foley is back. That's all that's really needed to be said here. Eddie Murphy is loud and he's irreverent. The second one is more flashy and the Hollywood action is slicker but essentially it's the same movie. The flashier style is probably due to director Tony Scott. While some people may not like the weird Brigitte Nielsen, the first one had the weird Serge. It's a joke-a-minute action machine. Also I didn't realize that Chris Rock was in this one with a small role. It's nice to see.
If there were ever a sequel to almost, almost succeed entirely on the
charisma and charm of its lead actor, it would be Beverly Hills Cop II,
the sequel to the unexpected action-comedy surprise of 1984 that
skyrocketed at the box office and made actor Eddie Murphy a
high-profile name. It also helped kickstart the career of Martin Brest,
a highly underrated director who went on to do films like Meet Joe
Black and Midnight Run. The film helped the careers of several
involved, and the main problem with the sequel is that it operates as
if its predecessor never existed in the strangest possible way.
Before elaborating on that, Murphy reprises his role as Detroit police detective Axel Foley, who teams up once again with Beverly Hills detectives Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and John Taggart (John Ashton) to stop a gun-smuggling gang after the department's captain is shot and seriously wounded. Of course, when working with Axel, it's never a dull day, as Axel uses his wiseguy attitude, motormouth tendencies, and exaggerated emotions to further himself in the Beverly Hills life, which he learned in the last film, is much different than the kind of "street operations" that are conducted in Detroit.
The issue at hand here is that Beverly Hills Cop II, despite undergoing a change in writers and a change in director, simply feels like it's trying to replicate success rather than trying something different with the formula. Even with the visual artist and the dazzling-effects manager of Tony Scott in the director's chair, providing Beverly Hills Cop II with a distinct look and hue in the visual department, the film never feels like it wants to take any chances or provide us with some daring, more elaborate instances that would make it standout rather than seem almost like a remake of its predecessor.
The person to thank for not making this feature as glaringly obtrusive as it could've been is definitely Eddie Murphy, who simply doesn't change and doesn't need to. Murphy has such a zippy and energetic comedic flow and talent that his abilities translate beautifully to a sequel, as he winds up giving probably one of the strongest comedic performances in comedy history in the last two films. Murphy's hilarity is only heightened when Larry Ferguson (writer for The Hunt for Red October) and Warren Skaaren (writer for the original Batman and Beetlejuice) create a scene that he can steal without almost any effort, commanding the entire set with his trademarks and his energy. With those scenes, Murphy becomes an unmatchable force of comedic wit.
It's a shame the film surrounding Murphy isn't as good as Murphy himself. Outside of its core performance and immersing visual style, Beverly Hills Cop II lays dormant as it is overtaken by a cookie-cutter, forgettable plot and a setup that feels too close to the original to succeed just as well as it did the first time around. Axel Foley is a memorable comic character and Murphy is an amazing comic spirit; both persons deserve more than Beverly Hills Cop II can offer them in a grander term.
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, and Ronny Cox. Directed by: Tony Scott.
Beverly Hills Cop II is a terrific,hilarious,Action-packed sequel that
is filled with great direction,an great performance from Eddie Murphy
and a wonderful cast,wonderful laughs,thrilling Action and a memorable
score and soundtrack. And while Beverly Hills Cop II isn't a good as
the original,it's an entertaining and worthy follow up.
Beverly Hills Cop II once again finds wisecracking Detroit Cop Axel Foley(Eddie Murphy)back in Beverly Hills when his friend Andrew Bogomil(Ronny Cox)has been gunned down by an Alphabet bandit,a person who's been stealing money and jewelry. Back in Beverly Hills,Axel teams up once again with his buddies Billy Rosewood(Judge Reinhold)and John Taggart(John Ashton)to solve the case with more laughs and Action.
After the huge and popular Box Office success of the classic Beverly Hills Cop in 1984,it seemed inevitable that a sequel was going to be made and three years later came the release of Beverly Hills Cop II,a fun and entertaining sequel that got mixed reviews from critics at the time and has divided Beverly Hills Cop fans for years where some people like it and others don't but the sequel was such a huge Box Office hit for Eddie Murphy making 153 million dollars and was one of the biggest hits of 1987 and is a sequel that mixes great laughs with explosive Action giving viewers a fun time for 102 minutes. What I like about Beverly Hills Cop II is that the movie basically takes what worked in the first film and rolls with it here giving viewers a movie that maybe just like the original but also giving viewers a good time that never slows down. Like the first Beverly Hills Cop this movie has a nice balance of Comedy and Action. The Comedy and laughs in BHC2 are funny,hilarious and will have you roaring with laughter whether it's scenes with Axel Foley with his wisecracks and Hijinks or the great scenes with Axel,Rosewood and Taggart working together and while the Comedic scenes are not as funny or iconic as the original they are still memorable and done with the same fun tone of the first one. If there is one thing that is bigger in this film it's the amazing and thrilling Action scenes and the Action in BHC2 is loud and intense and done in a fiery and fast pace style that was a trademark of director Tony Scott. One of the main criticisms on BHC2 is that the film focused more on Action than Comedy and I can say yes and no to that. Yes because the style of BHC2 is more like an Action movie with gunfights,explosions and chase sequences that were like the other Action movies of the 1980s and no because in certain scenes there is a mixture of intense Action and laughs to make sure that the movie isn't too serious. Of all of the BHC films the second film is probably the most stylish and visually stunning film in the series and that is thanks to not only Tony Scott's direction but also Jeffrey L. Kimball's photography because the city of Beverly Hills and even in Detroit there use of the different colors whether it's orange or blue either in the daytime or at night. The look of BHC2 captures the late 1980s very well. The character Axel Foley is hilarious in this on once again because like in the original Axel uses his smarts,wisecracks and wits to get what he wants and making fools out of any stranger whether he's pretending to be somebody else or stealing a house(you'll see). While Axel is still a Detroit Cop and a fish out of water,when he's in Beverly Hills the town is his playground and he's having fun with laughs and a smile the only way Axel Foley does. The ending of Beverly Hills Cop is great,memorable and is filled with laughs and Action that will satisfy viewers and leave them with a smile. A fantastic ending.
The cast is wonderful. Eddie Murphy is excellent and hilarious once again as Axel Foley,with Murphy being funny and charismatic. Judge Reinhold and John Ashton are terrific and funny once again as Billy Rosewood and John Taggart,Axel's friends and Beverly Hills Cops. Jurgen Prochnow is wonderful as villain Maxwell Dent,the man planning the Alphabet jobs. Ronny Cox is great once again as Andrew Bogomil,Billy and Taggart Captain. Bridget Nielsen is sexy and memorable as Karla,Dent's girlfriend. Allen Garfield is fantastic as Chief Lutz,a verbally abusive Police chief. Dean Stockwell is outstanding as Chip Cain,Maxwell's right hand man. Paul Reiser and Gill Hill are hilarious once again as Jeffrey Friedman and Inspector Todd,Detroit Cops. Robert Ridgely(Mayor Egan),Gilbert Gottfried(Sidney Bernstein),Tom Bower(Russ Fielding),Paul Guilfoyle(Nikos Thomopolis),Frank J. Pesce(Carlotta),Robert Pastorelli(Vinnie),Alice Adair(Jan Bogomil)and Brian O'Conner(Biddle)give good performances as well. Also,lookout for cameos by Hugh Hefner(Himself)and Chris Rock(Parking Vallet).
The direction by Tony Scott is amazing and stylish,with Scott bringing a beautiful and stunning look to the film with good angles and camera movements. Great direction,Scott.
The score by Harold Faltermeyer is outstanding and memorable once again and matches the film's tone. The soundtrack also includes songs by Bob Seger(Shakedown),George Michael(I Want Your Sex),James Ingram(Better Way),The Pointer Sisters(Be There),Keta Bell and Corey Hart(Hold On)and more. Terrific soundtrack.
In final word,if you love Eddie Murphy,Tony Scott,Action-Comedies or the first Beverly Hills Cop,I highly suggest you see Beverly Hills Cop 2,a terrific and hilarious Action-packed sequel that is a worthy follow-up to the the original. Highly Recommended. 9.5/10.
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The original was one of the biggest films of 1984, and Simpson and
Bruckheimer had a massive hit the year before with Scott's Top Gun, so
this was fool proof, and only an idiot wouldn't green light the sequel,
so it's more of the same, but bigger in every sense, but it's lost a
little bit of the first films soul.
Ronny Cox only comes back for a cameo, so he gets shot at the beginning, and this prompts Foley to return to Beverly Hills. He re-teams with Taggart and Rosewood, who isn't as timid as he was in the first film, and has a penchant for weapons, because this would make his character funnier, right?
Obviously there is a sub plot involving gun running, Jurgen Prochnow, Bridgitte Nielsen and alphabets, so it's down to Foley to wisecrack his way to solving the crimes.
This film could have just been Murphy running along the beach, swearing every few minutes and laughing, and it still would have been a huge hit, because every once in a while, the planets align, and Hollywood could make a critic and crowd proof movie.
This was in instance of that. Scott was huge, he made Cruise a star. Simpson and Bruckhiemer did the same, Murphy was the biggest thing in Hollywood, and the original was massive.
Nothing could go wrong.
It's not brilliant by any means, in fact, sometimes the film seems downright lazy, more or less copying set pieces from the original, like the final act and the set piece where Foley pretends to be someone else in order to gain access to somewhere.
But its flashy, sometimes funny, and it's always sunny in Beverly Hills, and you cannot help but love the infectious laugh.
You realise after an hour just how bland it is compared to the original, but you'll enjoy it never the less.
The first sequel to what I think is one of the best action comedies
from Hollywood. Eddie Murphy returns as Detroit cop Axel Foley, who
goes to Beverly Hills to investigate who gunned down Lt. Andrew Bogomil
(Ronny Cox). He reunites with Detective Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold)
and Det. Sgt. John Taggert (John Ashton) to catch the perpetrator, and
to nab those behind of string of robberies plaguing the city, while
also dealing with the department's new, arrogant and obnoxious Chief
Lutz (Allen Garfield).
Like the first film, this sequel has a no-nonsense and compelling story with exciting action sequences that make this movie a definite must-see for action movie fans. In addition, humor is in abundance, especially when in scenes where Murphy, Reinhold and Ashton are together. I like the fact that their on-screen chemistry and them working together are emphasized more in this film.
Murphy's quick wit and action, Reinhold's cool and observant demeanor and Ashton's serious and commanding character gave us another one of the best movie trios ever assembled. The villains were also noteworthy: the sly, calm, yet cold Maxwell Dent (Jürgen Prochnow) and the tall, beautiful, Femme Fatale Karla Fry (Brigitte Nielsen) were entertaining to watch on screen.
Aside from a few minor issues I had with the film like the sometimes campy and lame one-liners and the crazy, overzealous party goers at the Playboy Mansion scene, this is an enjoyable movie and is one of my favorite movie sequels.
One of the most interesting things I've noticed about both Beverley Hills Cop and Beverley Hills Cop 2 is the methods Foley uses to enter premises and engineer situations to his advantage. In the first movie, mostly these consist of bluff, for example the scene where he pretends to be an out-of-town reporter for Rolling Stone Magazine in order to rent a room at the Beverley Palms Hotel and later on his depiction of himself as Maitland's gay lover with an unfortunate affliction of herpes simplex 10. However, in the second movie, the comedy in many circumstances hangs on the presumption that there are actually a lot of stupid people in society. This is illustrated clearly in the scene where he poses as a Beverley Hills Building Inspector and convinces the foreman of a team of builders working on a house that the plans have changed and there shouldn't be any right angles on the building. This trick is replicated in a subsequent scene where he successfully convinces a receptionist at the Beverley Hills Gun Club that there actually is such things as explosive bullets that are sensitive to sound and can potentially go off at the slightest whisper. In essence, Foley performs a multitude of different sketches within each movie, adopting different characters as he goes along, each character having his own unique 'story' and/or 'bio'. There is the Rolling Stone reporter, the security official who bluffs his way into Maitland's warehouse, (BHC 1) the Metalux explosive research company courier who delivers the sound-sensitive ammunition, 'Johnny Wishbone' the psychic from the Isle of Saint Croix (BHC2), and so on. It is this ability to constantly change character that gives both movies such a unique and colourful slant.
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