Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) – Encore Review


[to Murtaugh, at Darryl’s funeral] “You want to do something, Sergeant Murtaugh? You find the man that put the gun in my son’s hand.” – Darryl’s Father

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (In Theater in 1992, video, DVD, 18 Feb 2001, 29 Oct 2013 and 26 Apr 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of the manufacturer of armor piercing bullets known as “cop killers”.

My Take on it – This is definitely the weakest film in the series but despite that, it’s still fun meeting up with these characters once again.

The chemistry between Mel GIbson and Danny Glover continues so well here and it’s so much fun watching them communicate and bicker throughout because we have become so accustomed to caring about them and all that they do.

The plot of this film is quite weak but the fact that they still find a way to keep the action flowing throughout helps things along.

For some reason, they chose to add Rene Russo to this film to add a bit of a feminine twist to things but that isn’t as effective as one would hope because despite having a strong character, she can’t hold her own to Gibson or Glover even in the action scenes.

As with the previous two films in the series, the bad guys are too superficial and underdeveloped and having made them a bit more menacing might have helped make this more enjoyable to watch.

Once again, Joe Pesci returns as the character of Leo Getz and is able to add lots of humor to the story as things move along even though he isn’t in too many scenes.

Bottom Line – Weakest of the films in the series yet still is able to work with these characters. The chemistry and bickering between Gibson and Glover works extremely well and allows for us to continue to care about all that happens to these characters along the way. The plot is pretty weak but still manages to find a way to keep the action flowing throughout.  The addition of Russo to the story helps add a feminine twist to the story that helps in certain aspects but also drags things down in another one.  The bad guys are once again very underdeveloped and superficial and don’t manage to be menacing enough to help make things feel more enjoyable.  Pesci is back again and appears in a few small scenes and helps add to the humor of the story as it progresses along. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During the scene where Riggs and Lorna are comparing scars, many of Riggs’ were given to him during the events of Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), specifically the gun shots in his lung and the knife wound in the back of his leg. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10) (no change from original review)

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