12 Films of Christmas 2020 (Part 8)

Hey there, friendos. Time for another christmas movie post. So yeah, let’s talk about it.

I can already imagine at least two of you furrowing your brow. “But MAAAAAAARKUUUUUS, Lethal Weapon is not a christmas movie, it’s a detective thriller”. Watch and learn, kids.
It’s December in Los Angeles, and aging police detective Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) gets forced to team up with volatile detective Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) to solve a complex case. Okay, the immediate plot may not strictly be about saving christmas, but there’s holiday iconography littered all over the god damn place. Christmas trees, colorful lights, other stuff… yeah. Oh, and the movie opens with “Jingle Bell Rock” playing. That aside, I do love the story here. It’s exciting and suspenseful and surprisingly heartwarming. And in the end, isn’t warmth in our hearts something we want to feel during the holidays?
I think it goes without saying how great the characters in this are. They’re nuanced and endearing and I love them to death. And so must other people too, considering this god damn movie got three sequels. Part of this comes down to Shane Black’s pitch perfect script, a dark and emotionally charged affair with hints of black humor. But largely we also love the main characters because of the excellent chemistry between Danny Glover and Mel Gibson. What they have in “Lethal Weapon” is unparalleled to this day. And the supporting cast is brilliant too, with people like Darlene Love and Gary Busey being standouts among them.
So maybe “Lethal Weapon” isn’t the traditional definition of a christmas movie, but I feel that it has enough iconography and relevant themes to warrant its status as one. It’s one of my favorite movies and I never tire of watching it.

On the eighth day of christmas, Markus watched a classic hit
 Meanwhile Danny Glover’s too old for this shit

The “Lethal Weapon” TV-show trailer has arrived

Oh god, why… what the fuck are you doing, human race? Have you seriously lost your mind this much? WHY? *Deep sigh*. Hi guys, it’s Markus, as per usual. As you probably have guessed, I am not very happy at the moment. Why? Because I just got reminded, in my youtube feed, about how some asshat is rebooting one of the greatest franchises ever in the form of a TV-show. Yep, it’s the “Lethal Weapon” TV-show… on FOX. I am a huge fan of the movies, so when I heard they were rebooting it (on FOX), I got pretty damn angry. *Deep sigh*. So let’s talk about this here trailer and why I have no faith in the show.

It tries to re-establish these characters for a slightly younger generation (on FOX). Once again (for the first time) we will get to follow the antics/lives of LAPD detectives Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford) and Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans). Okay… here are some reason why I don’t have any faith in this.

1. The cast. This saddens me to say, but the cast for this is one of the main reasons why this show (and a lot of shows) most likely falters. Clayne Crawford is a very talented actor, anyone who has seen the show “Rectify” would agree with me on that… but having him play Martin fuckin’ Riggs? Nuh uh! What made Riggs work in the first place was teh unhinged madness that was Mel Gibson. Sure, Shane Black’s writing helped a lot too, but Gibson had something special about him that helped him play such a lunatic character. Damon Wayans, funny man… not Murtaugh material… that’s all I’m gonna say. All the other cast, not sure what to say really since they aren’t the focus of this trailer.

2. The trailer. Looking at the trailer, both the shots used and the choice of music… it looks like any generic cop show on cable TV. I admit, I enjoy a good amount of them… but here it just seems shitty because of reason number…

3. The title. A lot of people bitch about reboots and remakes… me included. And while I admit that there are a few (“3:10 to Yuma” and “Bourne Identity” coming to mind) decent ones, most of them are just terrible cash-grabs… this seems like one of them. My guess is that if the show didn’t have the “Lethal Weapon” name to it and changed the names of the characters, I would most likely be fine with it. But no, they have to use it to try to get as muc hname recognition and cash as possible from people.

4. The network. This one might seem weird at first, but hear me out. FOX overall is a good network, with a whole bunch of good/great shows under it’s belt, but I really feel that a franchise like “Lethal Weapon” shouldn’t fall under the FOX banner. I feel like it would be more at home on HBO or Showtime, possibly FX or Netflix… but not FOX. Why? Because those other networks don’t have all the limitations FOX have, considering this is a franchise filled with violent action, curse-filled dialogue and it’s overall not as PG as this show looks like it will be… damn you FOX… DAMN YOU!!!

Look, I think there are a few decent things in this trailer and like I said, if it had a different title and different character names to it then I probably wouldn’t mind it… but this is a franchise that I love and don’t want to see ruined by a shitty show. *Sigh*. So what are your thoughts about this trailer? Are you looking forward to the show? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments below.
Have a good one and “enjoy”.

Movie Review: Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

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Finally, we are here. The fourth and final part in this action movie franchise. Not that I had any planned reviewes for these. I really saw the first one pretty much on accident (a happy accident) and then the sequels have been sprinkled into my life at pure random. But now we are at last here, the last movie in this awesome franchise.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Lethal Weapon 4”.

Once again we get to follow the craziness of LAPD detectives Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover). And in this one they have to try to stop a deadly Chinese crime lord that is related in one way or another to immigrant smuggling and counterfeiting. Just like all the other movies, the premise is simple. And just like the sequels it is also executed in a pretty simple way. The first movie had surprising depth to it, but all sequels (including this one) stay really simple in style and execution. And while I don’t mind too much because of the fast pace and entertainment factor of the plot, it is sad that it didn’t feel a little more… deep. The only thing put in here that sort of raises the stakes is the fact that Lorna (Rene Russo) is pregnant in this movie, but that isn’t too prominent in the movie. But to sum it up, the plot is entertaining, but not really that great.

The chemistry between our two leads is just as great as ever. You know, despite it being six years since the third movie came out. So yeah, their chemistry is still great. And their performances are still great nothing else to say there. Also, I’m glad to see that newcomer Jet Li fits into teh plot perfectly and also gives a great performance as a really badass guy. We also get another newcomer in the form of Chris Rock who I can say was servicable at best. Look, I got nothing against him, I think he is overall a really funny guy, but he didn’t fit that perfectly in this movie. It is also a shame that Rene Russo isn’t the badass woman she was in “Lethal Weapon 3”, instead she is thrown to the side and pops up every now and then. Oh well, she at least gives a good performance whenever she’s in front of the camera. But I swear, if I ever have to listen to Joe Pesci (as Leo Getz) say “Okay” one more time, I will hurt something. Overall he was fine in the movie, but he was also annoying. This movie lost a little in character compared to the other ones, but it is still not bad.

Once again, the score was done by Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton and David Sanborn. And once again it is pretty fucking great. Perfectly creating tension for the action scenes, perfectly lighting the mood when the we need to chill out and jsut perfectly capturing every feeling/style it needs to capture. It is really a terrific score that we got here, but that is something that has stayed consistent throughout all of the movies.

I think it’s safe to say that if you give Richard Donner (R.I.P) a camera and a pretty big budget, he’s gonna make something great. “Lethal Waepon 4” from a technical standpoint is pretty amazing. The shots look great and everything is steady and nice. Which segues me perfectly into what I wanted to mention next which is the action. Yeah, it is as awesome as ever. Like I said, it is all very steady which is great because we actually get to see what’s going on. The action gets a lot better thanks to the inclusion of some martial arts in this one. The action is one of the aspects which bumps up “Lethal Weapon 4” quite the bit as a movie. Also, the comedy in the movie worked really well, I really did laugh at it a lot.

This movie has gotten some pretty mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 52% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 37/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 2/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,6/10.

“Lethal Weapon 4” is pretty much everything I expected and wanted from a “Lethal Weapon” movie. A decent story, fun characters, great music, great directing & action. While two of the actors might be slightly annoying (Rock and Pesci), everyone else did a great job. I also can’t deny the fun I had with this movie. Time for my final score. I’m still too old for this shit. My final score for “Lethal Weapon 4” is an 8,54/10. I do think it’s worth buying.
Worth buying

My review of “Lethal Weapon 4” is now completed.

Despite this being a good movie, I still found a serious lack of Gibson-mullet.
tAjEJHH

Movie Review: Mad Max – Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

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We are finally here, the final part of my series of “Mad Max” reviews (“Fury Road” not included). It has been a… strange journey to say the least. From the revenge story of “Mad Max” to the vehicular insanity of “The Road Warrior” and now we have the finalé left.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you… “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome”.

Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) is back to be scruffy-looking and badass. This time he stumbles upon a place called Bartertown where he meets the town’s leader called Aunty Entity (Tina Turner). But after some shit hits the fan, he gets exiled into the wasteland and left to die. But then he is taken in with some children who live in a forest/jungle/how-did-that-end-up-there-in-the-sandy-wasteland whom he then teams up with to rebel against Aunty Entity. While I was entertained through the entirety of the movie, I feel like the plot got a little… stupid. I love the first half where he is in Bartertown/Thunderdome, fighting for his life, but when he ends up with the kids it feels like an entirely different movie… and not really in a good way. It started to feel less like a “Mad Max” movie and more like a Steven Spielberg movie. And I was not the biggest fan of how the plot developed, even though it was enjoyable to watch.

I think it’s safe to say that Mel Gibson is fantastic as Max. He nailed it the first two times, and he nailed it here too. I would even say that he got some great character development in this movie, with Max evolving a fair amount as a character which is great to see. I was however worried about the casting of Tina Turner in the movie. Don’t get me wrong, I love her, I think she is a fantastic musician… but since I have never seen her act before I was worried that she would suck. Did she suck? Not really. While she wasn’t as terrible as I thought she might’ve been, she was still not great. Her performance was at a lot of times over-the-top and a little campy, but she was still fine. All other performances on the other hand were pretty great. And since this is a “Mad Max” movie you can expect that everyone have lost their fucking minds and are all very colorful, which is always fun.

The music was done by composer Maurice Jarre. And as per usual it was great, with Jarre showing that he can create pieces of music for all moods a movie wants to show. There were also one or two tracks done/sung by Tina Turner and those were pretty great which is to be expected. All of the music was in fact very well composed and really enjoyable to listen to.

George Miller returns as director, but is this time also joined by George Ogilvie who I have never fuckin’ heard of. No offense to the man, I’m sure he’s a nice guy, I just haven’t heard of him before. Anyway, holy shit this movie looks amazing. Out of all the movies so far, this might be the best looking one out of them all. The cinematography is beautiful and the pans and zooms and overall directing is simply great. It also has some pretty great action scenes. Mainly two of them; The first one is the fight in Thunderdome between Max and a huge, muscular man named Blaster. The second one is the big chase at the end which is typical “Mad Max” badassery. What is a little weird about the movie is that it is the only one in the series (“Fury Road” included) that is rated PG-13. Why the sudden change of age rating, Miller? It doesn’t really take away from the movie, I just find it weird. Answer me, damn it!

This movie has gotten some mixed reception to say the least. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 81% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 80/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 4/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,2/10.

“Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome” is a strange movie. It has an entertaining plot that still derails itself halfway through, but it also has really fun characters/great performances, and excellent soundtrack, terrific directing/cinematography and awesome action. Time for my final score. MAAAAAAAAAAAD MAAAAAAAAAAX! My final score for “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome” is an 8,78/10. I’d still say that it’s worth buying.
Worth buying

I have finally reviewed the final part in the “Mad Max” trilogy (A.K.A. “Beyond Thunderdome”).

Who runs Bartertown?

Movie Review: The Road Warrior (1981)

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Time for part two in my series of reviews based on the original “Mad Max” trilogy before “Fury Road” comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray. So sit back, relax, enjoy a cold drink and have a good time while reading this.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Road Warrior”.

The world has gone to shit. Everything is a huge wasteland and fuel has become the most precious commodity. Once again we follow Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) as he travels through the wasteland, together with a dog. So one day he comes upon a small community that has a pretty big problem with a group of bandits led by a man called Lord Humungus (Kjell Nilsson). So he agrees to help them get rid of this bandit problem. And I’m not gonna lie, I was very invested in this story. Sure, there isn’t much of a real story per se, but it is still riveting to say the least. And I never felt like the plot dragged at any point, it had perfect pacing in my opinion.

The characters in “The Road Warrior” are… colorful, to say the least. Let’s start with Max, a pretty cynicla guy who Mel Gibson plays perfectly. What I also like about him is the fact that he isn’t your typical action hero who survives everything and never really gets a scratch. He is in peril through a lot of the movie and shows that he is vulnerable which makes him so much more interesting. Kjell Nilsson is also great as the buff, mask wearing Lord Humungus. Show stealer: Bruce Spence as a kind of crazy guy with a gyrocopter and a fascination with snakes. He was great and entertaining as hell. Honestly, everybody was great in the movie.

Once again the score was composed by Brian May, and once again I have to mention that it isn’t Brian May from the rock band Queen. Anyway, holy shit he really got this score right. As you might remember (if you’ve been here for more than a few weeks), I didn’t like the score for the first “Mad Max” movie that much. But with “The Road Warrior” he really impressed me because this is a terrific score. Not only does it help keep the adrenaline of the action scenes going, but it also managed to have some pretty good drama to it. Good job Brian, you did well.

Just like the first movie, “The Road Warrior” is directed by George Miller. And once again he did a pretty great job at it, getting a lot of great shots and like I said in the “Story/Plot” part, he paced it perfectly. Here’s a fun fact for your butts: This movie was shot in sequence. It’s not always easy to find a movie that has been shot in sequence, but they pulled it off. Also, fucking hell, I love the action in the movie! While the action in “Mad Max” was really good, the action here is what I would call fantastic. It has a lot more intensity than the first movie, it is a little mroe plentiful than the first movie and it is overall much better than in the first movie. And all of it is practical… it almost brings me to tears how much I love that fact.

This movie has been very well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 98% positive rating (100% is you go by “Top Critics” only” and a “Fresh” Ceritification. On Metacritic it has a score of 76/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,6/10.

“The Road Warrior” took everything good/great about the first “Mad Max” movie and improved on it as much as possible. The story (despite not being there as much) is better, the characters and performances are better, the music is much better, the directing is a little better and the action is some of the best I have ever seen. Time for my final score. AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH. My final score for “The Road Warrior” is a 9,86/10. It gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

“The Road Warrior” is now reviewed.

You wanna get out of here, you talk to me.

Movie Review: Mad Max (1979)

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I know, I know, I am a bit alte in the game when it comes to the “Mad Max” franchise. But hey, better late than never, right? Anyway, time for another series of reviews based on a movie franchise. And this time it is for (if it wasn’t obvious already) “Mad Max”. So I will try to review all original movies before “Mad Max: Fury Road” comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray. And yes I know, I am not done with my series of “Jaws” reviews, but I swear that I will get that done soon enough. But for now, let’s talk about the first of a series of Australian movies.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Mad Max”.

The world has almost gone to shit (that’s a new one). There is still a little bit of order left in the world with police officers still existing to keep everything in control. In this movie we follow officer Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) who have to take up arms again to try to take out a motorcycle gang to avenge his wife and son. That is basically the plot in a nutshell, strange thing is that it doesn’t happen until fairly late in the movie (mild spoilers I guess). Not that the plot is slow, not at all. The plot moves at a really good pace, it’s jsut so weird that the main plot of the movie comes in at such a late point. Anyhow, the plot is really good.

The characters are prety good I guess, it just seems like no one is completely sane (SIdenote: I guess that is why they call it “MAD Max”). How is the acting then? It’s fine at best, no one gives really a noteworthy performance in that sense. I guess the best one comes from Gibson who actually is really good in the movie. However, everyone else is at best fine. The bad guys however (for the most part) are rather meh. I think the actors confused crazy for weird and awkward. Because the main bad guy (Sidenote: The one called “Toecutter” played by Hugh Keays-Byrne) doesn’t really give that great of a performance here. Like I said, I think he confused crazy and psychotic with weird and awkward. And that kind of drags it down a bit for me. Gibson’s really good though, so that’s something!

The score was composed by Brian May, no, not the guitarist from Queen, but an Australian man who did music for a bunch of Australian movies. Anyway, it was good, definitely a product of it’s era. You notice that this music was composed back in the 70’s, it has the sort of 70’s action-thriller style. I don’t know how to explain it better, that is the only way I can explain it. And it was pretty good, fit the movie well enough.

When you watch this movie, would you expect it to come from the same guy that directed “Happy Feet”? Because I sure as shit didn’t. Because this is a violent and weird movie that is as far from a movie about cute dancing penguins as possible. Anyway, this movie was directed by George Miller who did a great job with directing this movie that apparently was on a very thin budget. The shots look great and he did an overall great job. And the action in the movie is really cool too. They did a lot of crazy stunts with the vehicles and I love seeing these types of real stunts because we never get them these days. Fuckin’ CGI…

This movie has been pretty well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 89% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 67/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,0/10.

“Mad Max” is a mixed bag of stuff. The story is good, the acting is for the most part fine with Mel Gibson being really good and the main bad guy not being that great, the music is fine, the action/stunts are great and the direction/camera work being great. Time for my final score. *Australian Phrase*. My final score for “Mad Max” is an 8,77/10. I think it’s worth buying.
Worth buying

Review of “Mad Max” is done.

He’s a very, very Maaaaad Max…

 

Movie Review: Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

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You might remember that I reviewed the first two “Lethal Weapon” movies a while back, you might also remember that I liked them quite a bit. Well now after several months, it is time to review the third one in the franchise! So… here we go!

Sirs and madams please stand back, because this is… “Lethal Weapon 3”.

Once again we follow LAPD sergeants Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover). Murtaugh only has a week until retirement, but that doesn’t stop him from getting dragged into aonther giant case, this time he and Riggs together with an internal affairs officer (Rene Russo) have to try to take down an arms dealer (Stuart Wilson) who used used to be an LAPD officer. And from that… chaos ensues. While the plot is really fun to follow I feel like it isn’t as interesting as the previous two movies. In this movie they focus less on character development and focus more on chases and explosions and extreme action. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of that shit, but it just isn’t as interesting as the previous movies since they had really good character development. Also, for some reason they decided to shoehorn in Leo Getz (Joe Pesci) into this movie. In the previous movie he was a fun character that was integrated into the plot in aa good way, but here he just feels forced.

I think it is pretty fucking obvious at this point that Mel Gibson and Danny Glover have excellent chemistry. In the first “Lethal Weapon” they were great together, in “Lethal Weapon 2” they were even better and in this it has reached it’s peak. Their chemistry in this movie is fantastic, you notice that these two actors have a lot of fun working together. Newcomer Rene Russo is also really good in the movie and have really good chemistry with our two heroes, especially Mel Gibson who she banters with excellently. And Joe Pesci as Leo Getz is fine, he just feels so shoehorned into this movie. And I swear to fucking god, if I have to hear him say “Okay” again, I will snap! But overall the characters in this movie are all good. Sure, the villain is not that great, but everyone else makes up for that.

Once again the soundtrack was done by Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton and David Sanborn. And once again it is great wit ha great mix of typical action movie songs, smooth jazz and some rock n roll. There were also two tracks made for the movie. One is called “It’s Probably Me” which was done by Eric Clapton and Sting, the second one was “Runaway Train” by Eric Clapton and Elton John. And both were great songs that fit the movie in different ways.

Okay, my research now gives my feelings about Leo Getz feeling shoehorned in some much needed evidence. Apparently he wasn’t even in the original script. All scenes he were in were written in after the script was completed. Why they had to put him in the movie, I do not know. But now I at least know why he felt forced. Moving on! Once again Richard Donner steps up as director after the two first ones. And once again he is triumphant at making the movie fast, fierce and really well-directed. The camera work is great and the action scenes are awesome as always.

This movie was received decently. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 56% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 36/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,7/10.

“Lethal Weapon” has a plot that isn’t too interesting, a meh villain and a forced in Leo Getz. But it makes up for a fair amount of that with fun action, great characters, great music and great direction/camera work. Time for my final score. Jeff! Where’s the freaking envelope!? *Envelope flies into face* Ouch! I’m too old for this shit! My final score for “Lethal Weapon 3” is an 8,54/10. It is definitely worth buying.
Worth buying

“Lethal Weapon 3” is now reviewed.

You have the right to remain unconscious. Anything you say ain’t gonna be much.

 

Movie Review: Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

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Sequels. Love them, hate them, don’t give a shit about them. There are many sides to how it can go for a sequel. Most times sequels can never live up to the original. But then we have a few gems that actually surpass the original like “Terminator 2” or “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. Today we are taking a look at a sequel for a movie I review a few weeks back. Is it as good as the first or will it fall flat? Let’s have a look!

Cops and robbers… “Lethal Weapon 2”.

Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover) are back! Set one year(ish) after the first movie it follows our heroes as they have to protect someone who has been involved with some South African diplomats who are up to shady shit. This man they to protect is the eccentric and kinda rich Leo Getz (Joe Pesci). At the same time they have to find a way to stop these South African diplomats who use their diplomatic immunity as cover to carry on with their shady shit. Now while this story works for the movie I feel that it somehow is less inspired than the original one. It might be my skepticism against sequels in general, but it doesn’t have the same time of *boom* as the first one had. Although I did find this plot functional and entertaining.

To compensate for the not overly inspired story we have some great characters. The chemistry between Riggs and Murtaugh is just as good as last time, if not even better. The supporting characters are also great and fill their roles well. I can however see how some people would maybe get a little annoyed by the character of Leo Getz, but I didn’t mind him, he worked in my opinion. Sure, the villains aren’t as interesting as Gary Busey & friends from the first movie, but they do well for this movie.

Once again the soundtrack was done by composers Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton and David Sanborn. And once again it was good and fit the different parts of the movie. There was a good use of general orchestra like most action movies with great guitar work by Clapton and great saxophone pieces by Sanborn. I really have nothing special to say, the music was pretty much the same as the first movie (in style). And I like that music!

Richard Donner was back to direct this movie and once again he shows that he is a good director with good camera work and overall direction. The action was also just as good as in the first movie. It was fast-paced, visceral, thrilling and badass. And there is a part late in the movie (no spoilers) that I swear they made a reference to in “Grand Theft Auto Five”. There were jsut too many similarities that I couldn’t let it slip, it was too similar to not think about. You who have both seen the movie and played the game know what I am talking about.

This movie was pretty well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 83% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 70/100 (Sidenote: That is higher than what the first one got). Roger Ebert gave this movie 3,5/4 stars saying this;

“Lethal Weapon 2” is that rarity – a sequel with most of the same qualities as the original.

And on imdb.com it has a 7,2/10. The movie was also nominated for 1 Oscar in the category of Best sound effects editing. 

“Lethal Weapon 2” is entertaining, I will not deny that. I feel however though that the story was slightly less inspired (even if it worked) and that the villains weren’t as intertesting as in the first one. However the action is still great, thechemistry between the leads I would call even better than the first one and the music is still good. So time for my final score. *Explosion* My final score for “Lethal Weapon 2” is an 8,76/10. It is worth buying.
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“Lethal Weapon 2” is now reviewed.

Whatever you need, Leo gets!

 

Movie Review: Lethal Weapon (1987)

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Every once in a while I like to mix things up when it comes to my movie watching. For the most part I watch dramas or sci-fi with a pretty good amount of brain. But sometimes I just have to sit down and watch something with little brain and much awesome. And for that I go to 80’s and 90’s action movies. They usually have the right amount of awesome (and perhaps some cheese) that it just keeps me entertained. Today we are taking a look at one such movie… although it does have moe substance than you’d expect.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Lethal Weapon”.

This movie is set in Los Angeles and follows Detective Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) who just turned 50 (Sidenote: He is too old for this shit). He gets forced to work together with suicidal cop Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) to find out who murdered the daughter of a friend of Murtaugh’s. They also have to go stop a gang of drug smugglers led by a man named Joshua (Gary Busey). Simple premise… I love it. Action movies don’t need a lot of story since they pad it out with a bunch of cool and badass situations. “Lethal Weapon” is such a movie. I do like however that they add layers to the story with backstories to the characters which we’ll get to in 3… 2… 1…

The characters! They are all pretty great. They all have motivations for what they’re doing. Okay, fine the villain (Busey) simply does his shit to be the bad guy of the movie. But he does it so well because he is Gary Frickin’ Busey. Murtaugh is basically just a family man/cop who does his job (and is too old for this shit). But he works because he acts like a normal human being should(ish). But Riggs… Martin Fucking Riggs is awesome. First off, Gibson got great chemistry with Danny Glover and fits the character perfectly. After the death of his wife he is on the verge of suicide (but never commits said suicide). He is also awesome in a lot of scenes because he is pretty much out of his mind. He is crazy and I love that, it gives great contrast to Glover’s straight up family man. Overall the characters in the movie are great.

The soundtack is done by a nice mix of people. The score was done by Michael Kamen (Highlander, Die Hard). The saxophone part of Murtaugh’s theme was done by David Sanborn. But the most interesting part (for me at least) was who did the guitar playing for Riggs’ theme. It was none other than the one and only Eric Clapton. It all comes together for a nice action movie score.

The shots in this movie are truly great (for the time at least) and the cinematography is great. Sure, it isn’t as good as something by Roger Deakins, but it sure as hell looks great. A fun fact about this movie is that it was written by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Iron Man 3). I don’t know why it’s fun, I just do. Also, this is technically a christmas movie since it’s set around christmas… so that’s fun. The action in the movie is also good. Good ol’ classic 80’s action.

This is a movie that has been really well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 84% rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a 67/100. Roger Ebert also seemed to like it since he gave it 4/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a 7,6/10. “Lethal Weapon” was also nominated for 1 Oscar in the category of Best Sound.

“Lethal Weapon” is an action classic. It got a good story, good characters with perfect chemistry between Gibson and Glover, the score is great and the action is really good as well. Now for the final score. Where’s the envelope? No, Riggs… you can’t kill yourself with that… give it here! My final score for “Lethal Weapon” is a 9,65/10 which of course gives it the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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Review of “Lethal Weapon” is completed.

I’m too old for this shit…

Movie Review: Maverick (1994)

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As you may have noticed, I love westerns. I’m gonna admit, they are my favorite type of movies. There are a lot of great ones out there. Then there are the not so good ones like “The Lone Ranger (2013)” and “Jonah Hex (2010)”. A lot of times you can see a few re-occuring themes in the good ones, yet it is so good. But then you have some of the more different ones that mix in comedy or Quentin Fucking Tarantino. The movie of today we are looking at contains one of those things, and no it is not the latter of the two. This is a more comedic take on the western genre.

Sirs and ma’ams, the poker playing western comedy…Maverick.

This movie is as you may have realized, during the wild west. It follows a man named Bret Maverick (Mel Gibson) who is stuck, with his ass on a horse, his neck in a noose that is attached to an old tree. He has been put there by a gang led by a man simply called Angel (Alfred Molina). When Angel and his gang leaves, they leave a present for Maverick and the horse…a bunch of motherfucking rattlesnakes. So from that point we get Maverick narrating combined with a long-ass flashback to what the hell got him into that situation. It is mainly because of Maverick wanting to get to a poker tournament with a price of half a million dollars and an entry fee of 25 grand that gets him into a lot of comedic situations that leads up to the point at the beginning. A lot of these situations involve an attractive young woman by the name of Annabelle Bransford (Jodie Foster) and a Marshall named Zane Cooper (James Garner). While the main story is simple enough to follow and the situations are fun to experience through the movie, a lot of times it doesn’t make sense. It is just too weird sometimes. Also, Maverick mostly gets out of these situations with the help of some dumb luck. Also, this movie uses a lot of twists that make no sense and are not the most clever ones to exist. I mean, a lot of these twists are just unnecessary and could have been left out.

The characters are just, awesome! They are unique and just a hell of a good time to watch. They are all horribly flawed and sometimes somewhat douchey…but I don’t fucking care! This is a simple western, we don’t come here to get complex characters, we come to get entertained! And entertainment is most certainly what we get. There is nothing else to say.

Music is for the most part your typical western stuff…in other words good. But there are a few songs that are not even possible to be existing during this time period. And those are a few country songs. But the fact that they are used are still pretty clever since there are a handful of country musicians acting in this movie. Good job Maverick, you clever movie.

Just to mention, Maverick himself in this movie is a little bit of a coward. But he still does more to help than some characters do. Also there is one of the most awesome scenes ever in this when Maverick is in a bank that gets robbed by Danny Glover and his crew. Why is that awesome? Because when Danny Glover looks at Maverick he has this look like “I recognize you, but how? Nah”. It is just a clever nod to them being a team in the “Lethal Weapon” Movies.

Time for my western movie segment called “Gunfights” where I give my opinion on the gunfights in the movies since westerns tend to have those. And they were okay, nothing special. Fun, but a little shallow. They weren’t “Tombstone” quality, but they worked I guess.

Reception for “Maverick” was overall…not bad. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 74% rating. Metacritic doesn’t even know what this movie is. Roger Ebert gave it 3/4 stars. He gave it a neat quote to go with it:

“The first lighthearted, laugh-oriented family Western in a long time, and one of the nice things about it is, it doesn’t feel the need to justify its existence. It acts like it’s the most natural thing in the world to be a Western.”

It got the score of 7,0/10 on imdb.com

So overall, “Maverick” wasn’t bad. It was highly entertaining and is perfect popcorn material. Just make sure you don’t choke on it when laughing at the funny parts (which are fairly plenty). I am giving “Maverick” an 8/10. It is very entertaining and is worth a watch.

Wow, I just reviewed a western that wasn’t too well known.

Later.