Lethal Weapon 2
What He said:
A little over a year ago I was sick with the worst case of
food poisoning I have ever experienced. In fact, that was
probably the sickest I have ever been in my entire life. The
one good thing about being sick is you get the chance to catch
up on movies. I caught a part of Lethal Weapon 3 (review here) on TV. When it was over, I
wanted to see the whole thing, so I went into ye old home
video archive and pulled it chapter in the Lethal
Weapon series out from my collection.
I had planned on revisiting the rest of the series –
especially since I never reviewed them for the site – but
never got around to it. Well another sick day about a month or
so ago gave me the opportunity and this time around I tore
through the rest of the series. God bless sick days.
I guess Murtaugh (Danny Glover) wasn’t getting too old for this shit after all, because
he’s back for more action with his insane partner Riggs (Mel
Gibson). And boy are they back; this movie wastes no time getting things going. In
typical Lethal Weapon fashion, Riggs and Murtaugh
are knee deep in a high-speed chase that is representative of
the kind of situations these two find themselves in ever since
they became partners.
Little did they know at the time, but this chase would
lead to much larger problems. When they investigate the car
of the bad guy they were chasing, they come across a trunk
full of Kruggerrand. At that time, it was illegal
to bring Kruggerrand into the U.S., so this discovery sent up
some red flags.
It turns out the hired goon was working for a “diplomat”
named Arjen Rudd of South Africa. This guy is the kind of
person who waves the “diplomatic immunity” card in front of
your face whenever you attempt to arrest him for anything
illegal he’s suspected of doing. He doesn’t deny doing it,
which is infuriating, but instead boasts of his protection
due to his political position. Riggs being Riggs decides to
have a little fun with this. He politely harasses Rudd any
chance he gets.
His right-hand man and head of security, Pieter Vorstedt,
is a real bastard. Pieter (Derrick O’Connor) is eyeballing
Riggs from the second he meets him. You can tell the two men
are just looking for a reason to tear each other apart.
Also along for the ride this time around is Leo Getz (Joe
Pesci). He’s a witness to a crime and has been assigned to
protective custody with Riggs and Murtaugh. Leo is a former criminal and weasel, but
you can’t help and like him. He adds some humor to the movie.
Speaking of humor, this one had a lot more than the
previous one. It’s not that the first one didn’t have any or
that this one wasn’t serious, it’s just they seemed to have
made an effort to make this one funnier. For the most part it
works. Danny Glover in particular, was pretty
damn funny in this movie. Some of the stuff with his daughter
– who is growing up faster than he’d like – is hilarious.
Riggs is supposed to be zany, but watching the straight man
Murtaugh get upset is quite amusing at times.
If you think the increased laughs comes at the expense of
the action, don’t sweat it. This movie still has plenty of
action. Riggs is still nuts, Murtaugh is still dragged into
life-threatening situation because he’s nuts, and there’s
still some classic action sequences in this movie. Riggs does
something completely insane towards the end of the movie. He
also has another great fight with one of the bad guys.
I had seen this one the least of them all, so I was really
curious to see it. I hadn’t seen it in years and didn’t
really remember a lot of it, so it was kind of like watching
something I had never seen before.
Rating: Thumbs up.
This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on
July 12, 2013.