Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) – Encore Review


“We’re back, we’re bad, you’re black, I’m mad. ” – Riggs

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in 1989, video, DVD, 28 Oct 2013 and 25 Apr 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Riggs and Murtaugh and their team cross paths with South AFrican criminals who have ties to the Embassy who use their diplomatic immunity to trya nd get away with their crimes.

My Take on it – This is a great continuation of the story and friendship of the characters of Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh.

Having already developed these characters so well in the first film, we are able to jump right into the action with them.

The movie is able to find a way to harness the fun and action of the first movie while still keeping things so enjoyable and entertaining without feeling as if things are being repeated once again.

Mel Gibson and Danny Glover once again show how amazing their chemistry is together and we get to see teh way that they end up working so well with one another.

This film adds Joe Pesci in a role that is both hilarious and annoying at the same time.

His character adds so much to the plot and story and helps keep things so much fun.

This is a movie that is filled with lots of suspense and thrills that helps keep things quite enjoyable to watch.

As with the previous film, the bad guys aren’t developed very well here and none of them really stand out among the others and that takes away a bit from things.

The film has a every light atmosphere throughout which is the perfect recipe to have a fun action film that is able to deliver on numerous levels at once.

Great closing song by George Harrison

 

Bottom Line – Great sequel that is able to encapture all of the fun and action of the original film and keep things so entertaining without feeling repetitive. Gibson and Glover are once again amazing together and show how these characters can work so well together due to their chemistry. The film adds Pesci as a really fun character who adds so much comic relief to the plot.  The movie is filed with lots of great thrills that add to the suspense of the story.  Once again, the bad guys aren’t developed well at all and that takes a way a bit from things. The film’s light atmosphere works really well here in helping deliver such a fun action film which delivers on numerous levels. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Leo’s “okay-okay-okay” schtick was based on Disneyland employees giving directions to guests at Fantasyland. Originally, Leo was going to be an oily, effeminate character, but Joe Pesci didn’t want to play him that way. He pitched the idea of making Leo all-too-eager to please, complete with “okay-okay-okay” ad libs, to Richard Donner. Donner laughed and said, “Do that! Do that!” The phrase is referred to in Home Alone (1990) by having the phrase “Oh, K Plumbing” painted on a van driven by Joe Pesci’s character. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)

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