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Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

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Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)


Mel Gibson
Danny Glover
Joe Pesci

Directed by Richard Donner

Lethal Weapon 1 started the love for the duo, but Lethal Weapon 2 defined it and made it certain that everyone will queue up to see Lethal Weapon 3. The dynamic duo this time is up against South Africans and we get to see the tie in between how Riggs wife died and the films subplot. The score as usual was just efficient, reason why efficient is the word is that it is just perfect, the jazz vibe just adds to the fun and makes the film grand.

This action comedy was released two years after the first and the leads Danny Glover and Mel Gibson reprised their roles as Murtaugh and Riggs respectively. The movie’s plot is very insightful and the lines were timely. The introduction of Joe Pesci (Academy Award winner for Best Supporting actor in Goodfellas 1990) was all that this movie needed to make it the best out of all the four in the film series, he introduced some laughs and he had a more prominent role in this film than he did in the other two.

The movie plot is about this two Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) and Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) against a South African diplomat who was using his immunity to carry out criminal activities. While they were on the case they met Leo Getz (Joe Pesci) who also crossed the South African.

The movie is very intense, we get to see both parties in tight corners and this time Riggs was the one that had to experience a personal attack on his home. This flick was the most brutal of the four from my own view and some of the police officers cast in the first film were killed off.

The movie was a critical success and it has the highest approval rating of all the four films, and the movie was also a commercial success. Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, and Richard Donner have all stated that this is their favorite film of the Lethal Weapon series and we get to see Riggs dislocate his shoulders twice which later became a regular in the film series.

After this film Richard Donner who also directed the firstwent ahead to do two more and Leo Getz was also a part of the remaining two films.

Word is out that a Lethal Weapon 5 will be done soon and two new leads will be employed to come take up the role of Roger and Martin, I just hope they can live up to the standard that this two has set.

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