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Review Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and Beverly Hills Cop II (1987): Eddie Murphy classics!

genre: action, comedy, crime

For most, Beverly Hills Cop is a classic. I don't necessarily disagree. But having rewatched this many times, I can say it does lose you after several viewings.

This original is a comedy first and action / crime film next. For the most part, the comedy elements do hold up. Eddie Murphy definitely brings a unique style to policing. As he as stated himself, he wasn't always a policeman. It makes events far more compelling than they ought to be. Since the crime story is pretty predictable. I wished it had been a little deeper and complex. I also would have liked it had they focused on the differences between Detroit and Beverly Hills a little more. Because they way I see it, Axel Foley is at odds with both police forces. He seems to be a rebel no matter where he is. They really could and should have amped up the bizarre world of L.A. and it's inhabitants. 

Of course, one can't avoid the musical score, composed by Harold Faltermeyer (Axel F. and The Discovery as the standouts). Combine that with some classic Eighties tunes, and you will be transported to that decade in an instant. 

Overall, without a doubt an Eddie Murphy classic!

Beverly Hills Cop II for me is the best film in the franchise. In large part because of director Tony Scott. The action and spectacle is increased considerably, and I thought there was better chemistry between the characters. Although it does rely on you having seen the original. 

But I think even if you haven't seen it, you will find a lot of enjoyment with this sequel. Since, it's fast-paced and full of raw energy. Combined with Eddie Murphy's comedic antics, it's truly exhilarating. I also think the comedy is a lot better in this. Very wisely, they also let Judge Reinhold up the comedy game. From all the characters, I think he is the only one who actually has had some real character development. He went from shy and scared cop to no holds barred Dirty Harry. No explanation is given. But I bet Axel had a lot to do with it by showing the way to be a badass cop. I also liked it how these characters have bonded off-screen. They are friends through and through!

J├╝rgen Prochnow, Brigitte Nielsen and Dean Stockwell are serviceable villains but have not that much to do. But very likely you won't forget Nielsen. She is super stunning as the tall but dangerous blonde woman. Like with the first, I wished that the plot was a little deeper and more complex. It's all too predictable with no surprises whatsoever. Still, the action is better than in the first, and in my opinion that makes up a lot for what is lacking plot wise.

Overall, a sequel that is bigger and better!

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