Beverly Hills Cop II

Beverly Hills Cop II

What he said:


Beverly Hills Cop 2 continues the adventures of the wise-cracking - but highly effective - Detroit detective, Axel Foley. Axel (Eddie Murphy) is back in Detroit doing his thing: working on a big bust, getting his ass chewed out by Inspector Todd, and just generally enjoying life. His experiences in California have left an impression though, as he maintains a close friendship with Lt. Bogomill (Ronny Cox). Like Axel, Bogomill is working on his own big case. He is having a lot of problems making any headway, when he suddenly makes some progress. Unfortunately for him, the bad guys notice this and go after him. A hit is put out on him and he ends up in critical condition. Axel does what he does best and weasels out of work, sneak off to Beverly Hills, and attempts to help his friend.

It seems Bogomill was working on a series of robberies referred to as as the “Alphabet Crimes.” The criminals rob a seemingly random series of businesses and purposefully leave behind clues for the police. The clues are a series of encrypted codes. The police have been totally stumped up until Bogomill’s recent discovery. In fact, he and his men were in hot water with new boss Chief Lutz. Lutz (Allen Garfield) is completely unreasonable man and an a-hole to boot. He has fired the entire department except Bogomill, Billy, and Taggart; but that doesn’t mean they aren’t threatening on thin ice.

In fact, Billy (Judge Reinhold) and Taggart (John Ashton) have been assigned to traffic duty. Lutz takes out his anger on them since Bogomill is in a coma. With their boss in critical condition, and their jobs in jeopardy, they decide to join Axel in the hunt for Bogomill’s attacker. In the last movie they were tasked with following Axel around time and making sure he doesn’t get involved in the case. This time, they’ve got nothing to lose, and decide to help him. What the hell, right? It seems their previous experience with Axel has rubbed off on them and the three of them manage to get in all kinds of trouble once again. Harassing potential witnesses, getting in shootouts with bad guys, you know the usual kind of thing when these three get together.

Beverly Hills Cop 2 may not be as good as the original, but it’s still a pretty amusing movie. Some of the jokes fall flat, but Eddie Murphy was still at his best in the 80s. It’s not as laugh-out- loud funny as the original, but a lot better (from what I remember) than the third movie.

Rating: Thumbs up.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on September 27, 2012.


Beverly Hills Cop II


What She said:


Axel Foley, cop extraordinaire, is back, and another one of his friends, Beverly Hills police captain Andrew Bogomil, has been gunned down.  This all seems to revolve around a high-end robbery/gun running ring, and again, the Beverly Hills police force seem to have more on their hands than they can handle.  Luckily, Axel is on the case, as he secretly travels back to BH to try to get to the bottom of things.  Axel reunites with his old pals Billy Rosewood and John Taggart as they chase after bad guys, find themselves in awkward situations, and rely on Axel’s genius to bring down the ring with little help from the rest of the force.  This 1987 sequel is filled with action and pretty funny, but it suffers a bit from a “more of the same” plot structure that makes it feel a little bit stale.

Beverly Hills Cop II

Axel, played by Eddie Murphy, is as brazen as ever.  He’s not exactly excelling in Detroit, despite being remarkably talented.  I wonder why he doesn’t just move to Beverly Hills because he does seem to do much better there.  He’s able to essentially con his way through a case and inevitably bring down the villains.  It makes me wonder how many cops are actually that smooth talking, quite an asset in his trade.  Judge Reinhold reprises his role as the young detective Billy, and John Ashton also returns as Taggart.  Taggart seems to have changed little, but Billy has become weirder than ever before.  I didn’t find him excessively weird in the first movie, just inexperienced, gullible, and naïve.  Now he’s actually quite strange—I mean “secret arsenal of weapons in his home” strange.  I’m not sure why they decided to go that extreme with his character because it’s not exactly endearing.  It’s just a bit odd. 

Murphy shines in the role of Axel, as it seems like a natural fit to him.  Another natural reprisal from the first movie is that awesome ‘80s dance song that played non-stop throughout Beverly Hills Cop.  It makes a couple of cameos, just in case you finally got it out of your head.  Brigitte Nielsen, in her less cracked-out days, plays Karla Fry, the number one sidekick to our main villain, Maxwell Dent (Jürgen Prochnow).  Maxwell, now that’s a rich name, perfectly fitting for a guy who likes to involve himself in organized crime and lots of import/export troubles. 

Beverly Hills Cop II is plenty of fun, but it feels so much like a lesser version of the first one.  It’s strikingly similar and just flat out not as good.  Perhaps if it brought a different angle to the table, it would have been more fulfilling, but I couldn’t help but think that I could just go back, watch the first one, and ultimately have a more enjoyable experience.  Not bad, just not unique in any way at all.

Thumbs half up.