Monday, January 09, 2006

"Beverly Hills Cop" and "Lethal Weapon"

Tonight I watched "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Lethal Weapon" back-to-back and came to the following conclusions:
First, it is undeniable that the African American cops have a strong influence on their white counterparts, but I am not certain the same thing is true when the situation is reversed. For example, one could argue that the white cops do not trust, support, or admire Axel until the last 1/4 of "Beverly Hills Cop." Similarly, it takes a good amoutn of time for Martin Riggs to see the merit behind Roger Murtaugh's clean-cut ways, and it is possible to even 'read' their relationship as one in which Riggs only understands/appreciates Murtaugh when he, Murtaugh, too becomes wild and desperate.
Nonetheless, I have to say "Lethal Weapon" is one of my all-time favorite movies, and although it is undeniably more serious than "Beverly Hills Cop" (comedy versus action genre) I appreciate the sometimes serious under tones because they shine light on two very round characters who truly illuminate each other.


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