Beverly Hills Cop II
Having grown up in the eighties, you might expect that I would have seen the entire Beverly Hill Cop series many years ago. But for whatever reason I didn’t. I’m not sure what that reason is. I like action comedies, and certainly these movies have always been an option, but for whatever reason they were never were something that I considered picking up on a trip to the video store, or catching on HBO or whatever the needed step would be. Then a couple years ago I finally watched Beverly Hills Cop. It was a really good and creative comedy. But of course I didn’t bother to see the sequel… until today.
So, finally having seen Beverly Hill Cop II, I’ve got to say it was a disappointment. It seemed like a by the numbers rehash of previously entertaining bits. Now a rehash of a great comedy can still make for a pretty good sequel, but I didn’t That’s not to say that it wasn’t an entertaining movie, but it was just kind of there. In a few scenes it almost felt like even Murphy felt less than completely invested in what he was doing.
Also, the film just seemed sloppily-produced. I’m not someone who notices continuity errors unless they’re really egregious, but I noticed a bunch during this movie, and I don’t doubt that there were plenty that I didn’t catch. The tone of the movie is also all over the place, the film tries to establish a more dramatic tone as Murphy’s Axl Foley is sufficiently motivated by his friend’s shooting to drop his deep-cover investigation in Detroit, and jump on the first flight to Beverly Hills. He is given only three days to solve the crime, but then he’s shown taking time off to con his way into a luxury home so that he can lounge by the pool. I realize that this is a comedy, but if you’re going to try to make me care about the dramatic elements, it’d be nice to show the characters care about them.
All this isn’t to say that the film is without merit. I really enjoyed Judge Judge Reinhold’s performance as the slightly-off junior detective Billy Rosewood. Reinhold really holds nothing back and strikes a good balance, being goofy yet remaining just credible enough. Also pulling off a balancing act is Brigitte Nielsen who as the dangerous Karla Fry remains both sexy and menacing. The film moves at a brisk pace, and delivers more than a few genuine laughs, and some exciting action sequences. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough for me. I’d have rather re-watched the original than watched the sequel, so I’ve got to say that Beverly Hills Cop II is not worth seeing.