Lethal Weapon 2 Reviews
"The magic is back!"
Lethal Weapon 2 is just as entertaining, just as fun, just as funny, and just as thrilling as the original. The first one is a classic, but I like this one as much, if not slightly more than the first. The character development from the first one is over, and now it is all action. This actually has more action than the original, and the original had a shit load of action. The two main actors are back, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, along with a new, familiar face; that being Joe Pesci. Whenever Pesci is in a film, you know it's going to be all the more better for having his presence. He plays a different type of character than I am used to seeing from him, but still he's good.
This revolves around the same core plot as the first. Two cops are on a case. This time they are dealing with some South Africans. Also, Riggs falls in love with a secretary that's working for the South African diplomat. The story is even more engaging than the first, in my opinion. It has just about everything movies like this need. As far as buddy cop movies go, it's hard to beat the first two movies in this classic franchise, or it's two cops; Murtaugh and Riggs. This is the cop duo.
This has to be considered another staple of the genre. The first two movies in this series pretty much define the genre. They have all the violence, explosions, and chases that they could possibly throw into the runtime. This movie is slightly longer than the first, but you won't notice. It runs like a sprinter. It starts fast with a chase scene , and doesn't stop until it reaches the finish line.
Martin Riggs: I'm not a cop tonight, Rog. This is personal.
I like that the relationship between Riggs and Murtaugh is expanded upon, even if things take a slightly more comedic turn. Speaking of which, Joe Pesci is excellent here. It's not his best performance, but it's still pretty damn good. I like how all of these movies try to tie the story line into political or historical developments, and this one is no exception. The villains are pretty good, and it's a nice idea anyway.
The stunts and action sequences are outstanding, and the pacing is terrific. I was also happy with the balance between action, drama, and humor. This is a great film, and there's a lot to enjoy here.
Lots more explosions!
Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of South African diplomats who are using their immunity to engage in criminal activities.
Lethal Weapon 2 reteams Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as, respectively, "loose cannon" LA detective Martin Riggs and Riggs' cautious family man partner Roger Murtaugh. The villain this time is a South African diplomat (Joss Ackland) who doubles as a drug dealer. Though Riggs knows what's going on thanks to characterless character witness Leo Getz (Joe Pesci), he can't touch the villain because of "diplomatic immunity." After perils too numerous to mention, Riggs and Murtaugh shoot it out with the heavies on the deck of a South African cargo ship. The film sometimes strains credulity to the breaking point, notably by having lead villain Joss Ackland turn out to be the same man who killed Mel Gibson's wife in the first Lethal Weapon. I loved this sequel adding Joe Pesci was a great move there and the "toilet bomb" scene is a movie classic. Lethal Weapon 2 was overall a very enjoyable and good sequel.
around, the boys are forced to become the 3 Stooges when they are assigned to guard a feisty, foul-mouthed federal witness named Leo Getz (the frantic Joe Pesci) from a group of sadistic Afrikaner thugs (led by the usually dark-natured character actor Joss Acklund). At the same time, Riggs meets a new love named
Rika (the hot Patsy Kensit), who happens to be a pawn in the
villain's dangerous games.
The action is faster and more furious in this sequel to the
slam-bang original. Even the banter gets a boost, thanks to the
added comedic riff by Pesci. Watch for his slightly annoying,
yet hilarious speech on a Subway tunafish sandwich!
The same team returns for the sequel, which is of course bigger, badder, with more action and more comedy.
Roger Murtaugh: This was a new car, Riggs...
Martin Riggs: Well, it still is!
What's new is the addition of Joe Pesci who is hilarious. He is so perfect in this role.
This time, the duo are battling South African diplomats up to no good. All an excuse for some great action and comedy, as well as staying true to the characters by developing them further and sticking to what makes this series work.
Martin Riggs: Police! Open up!
Leo Getz: How do I know it's the police?
Martin Riggs: After I shoot you through the door, you can examine the bullet. Open up!