Lethal weapon 2 is a rare sequel that shares most of its qualities with the original. In The lackluster reruns of films like “Ghostbusters 2,” “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” and “The Karate Kid Part III,” I walked into movies with a certain dread. But this is a film with as much off-center innovation and wild energy as the original.
The main characters are once again a strange police couple: riggs (MEL Gibson) and murphy (Danny glover). Riggs lives in a trailer by the sea and likes to make people think he’s crazy. Murphy was a cold, middle-class man with a retirement plan. Their relationship was central in the first film, lethal weapon, and in the second, they define it further: it’s a balance between anger and trust.”I changed the course of your life. Four years ago, riggs, when you worked as a dea agent near long beach, you were too close to us, so we signed you up. I handle it myself; Get your car off the fucking road, remember? No, of course, you’re not driving. You can’t imagine the surprise. I pulled back the tousled, bloody hair and saw the woman’s face… Your wife, right? She didn’t die right away… It took a little bit of time.”
Riggs and motaf are back in the thick of it, with a high-speed chase that takes them down a money path and points them in the direction of a group of South African drug dealers. However, this time, they find that the bad guy is protected by diplomatic immunity, although this does not stop the boys from confusing it, on the way they meet a loud accountant, they must protect him from assassination, and find that the bad guy does not like their continuous intervention. As they rush to the fatal conclusion that the death toll is mounting behind them, riggs is forced to confront a dark revelation from his past: the man who killed his wife.Lethal weapon the greatness of 2 – although it is largely follow won first chapter formula – instead of the already existing character into a new situation, focus on action and special effects, rather than take the time to further development roles, and to give them too much story arc together two movies better than any other of the sequel.
Of course, when shane black agreed to write the script for the sequel, he must have had a very different, darker story in mind. In fact, it was so different that when he discovered the changes they were planning to make, he left the project. At the same time the whole idea of diplomatic protection for drug dealers survives the transition, and it’s clear that most of the best dialogue scenes and eye-catching set-pieces end up being just as dark as what black people want – if not deep – and that donner wants to turn things in different directions.”I don’t care. That’s why I don’t have ulcers, because I know when to say, ‘I don’t care! ‘”Not only did black think the South African villains were more evil than we saw in them (they had once cruelly tortured murtaugh), but he also had a very different, very bleak end in mind. Not for the first time, he wanted to go the less sequel friendly route – his original ending was the fatal weapon riggs and mortaf parted ways, riggs persuaded mortaf not to retire, but the fatal weapon 2 he wanted to take a step further. He wanted to kill riggs.
Some people welcome the idea of eliminating the third and fourth film from history, and end of a series of high (er), points out that while others may not think that any of the below 4 – qualities of franchising entity, it is good or bad, no matter what, however, is the author’s shane black point of view, this is the logical end of story – arcs, founded in the first, and then in the second. While I wouldn’t be the kind of person who would want to go back and rewrite the history of lethal weapons, I also realized he wasn’t wrong.You see, lethal weapon 2, like lethal weapon 2, is about reignming the spark in murtaugh to give him a reason not to retire, while lethal weapon 2 is about riggs going around confronting the demon that led to his suicide in the first film. It could be argued that once riggs had done so — that is, once he had arrested the man who had killed his wife — the logical conclusion was that riggs would have died, too.
“Roger, I’m not a cop tonight. It’s a personal problem. I’m not a cop.”Incredibly, black’s departure did not prove fatal to the outcome. Probably, because the new screenwriter joins (including the final crusader writer Jeffrey ascension, who is still in the script’s weakest series, deadly weapon 3), he initially hopes not only that rigus is out to survive, but that his lover, James, plans to – “” happy” “- end with a scene of the two of them having Thanksgiving dinner with motuve. Thank goodness this doesn’t sit with director Richard donner choice between the middle of the road, who is black, dark vision, and the choice of the lighter, allow riggs survive – but only and to use his death end latest lover to stimulate his revenge killing spree (in this kind of change, take a downer doesn’t make any sense – riggs made an unusual foolish mistakes, when they camping at the beach was a commando raid two helicopters, took the girl went home in a few minutes; Fortunately, this foolishness is largely forgotten in the rest of the plot, where we discover the darkest truth (the truth about riggs’ wife’s death).In the grand scheme of things, I wouldn’t want anything else. “Lethal weapon 2” doesn’t have the undercurrent of the near-suicidal, semi-psychotic protagonist in “lethal weapon 2.” riggs is much more tactically insane than he is in “lethal weapon 2,” but he still has the time and place to push past the edge. Of course this will make many viewers just waiting for him to push away, so he can become a “deadly weapon” of the title we all know and love, which is why it is a fitting choice for donner to fuel not only with the death of several of his angry policemen, but also with the death of his girlfriend.”I’m surprised you haven’t heard of me. I have a terrible reputation. Like now… ”
Given these changes, and the lighter, more comedic tone — which, unlike previous sequels, still maintains a good sense of balance — it’s easy to see why the film would be a hit with Ms. Downer, Mr. Gibson and Mr. Glover. Gibson is able to change his overtly psychological police into a more interesting character, and can also push things to their limits, but largely guides him toward the greater “madness” of good, and often encounters obviously smaller evils when confronted by evil killers who are hiding in their diplomatic immunity. In fact, you supported him throughout, never questioning his behavior or his overenthusiasm; He’s just willing to go the extra mile.
Often not suicide, riggs allowed into the role of his life, some new aspects from the brotherly love and moving moment when murtaugh trapped in a ticking time bomb (now two people completely gel together), stories and murtaugh matchless gold pen’s wife, on the day we heard what had happened, riggs received phone that his wife was dead. He even found time to woo his lovely secretary, who worked for South African diplomats, and persuade her to join him for dinner. We had never seen this side of riggs before, and it was a good touch.
Gibson’s role in the film made him feel more at home than he had ever felt before, and if anything, the more moving moments involving his character provided a welcome backdrop before his character was revealed as “I’m going to kill them all.” It’s true that this is a perfect balance, one that will go too far in the wrong direction in future films, only with just a hint of similar capsized rage in the third film – when he thinks his new love is killed and small traces are found when they have a deadly weapon around 4.”Don’t try to stop me.””Yes, I’ve seen your eyes before.”
Glover, who is a year away from starring in the future on the streets of Detroit in blade runner 2, enjoyed every minute of his reunion with Gibson. After all, from the first film’s release to the main cinematography of the second, the two have not really done anything meaningful (Gibson starred in the underrated Robert “Chinatown” black thriller “Tequila Sunrise”); Glover also starred alongside huck in bat :21. Their collaboration in lethal weapon 2 was brilliant; Their conversation was punctuated by infectious laughter, which was absolutely heartfelt. When Mr. Motaf found his daughter in a condom commercial or recounting a scene from “b-b-b-but you’re bleck” in “the South African consul,” they both laughed. And, of course, it will be very happy to see a dark plot Glover (have a nice little touch, he wanted to put the medicine money, than the whole “take the subplots lethal weapon 4), if they insist on shane black the original vision of the we have seen, but this is not a story about his character: in the first film, he has his own personal clues, here, for better or worse, they have long took his family out from the film. It’s time for riggs to get a little personal.Without murtaugh’s family on board more than half of the markers, the story drafted a new character to provide some lighter relief, with a reasonable effect – Joe Percy’s Leo gaetz. A year later, Percy played the unhinged tommy in scorsese’s goodfellas and achieved a defining career success. To some, Percy’s Getz is like the jar Binks in the lethal weapon series, but I think in lethal weapon 2 – for the most part – he’s actually very effective. Sure, he’s often just a tool for making people laugh, but is that really a bad thing? As long as there’s a good balance between a more humorous moment and a more dramatic one — and it is — adding another party to the mix doesn’t feel like the end of the world. In fact, it was only in the third and fourth films that they allowed Percy’s over-eager personality to intrude on the integrity of the thriller; Here they managed to control it, and at the same time managed to squeeze out some decent laughter.”What’s wrong with the bad guys? They’re all dead?”They’ve been working for de-kaffir-reincarnated!”
It also helps the sequel have what every decent sequel needs – a solid cast of villains. First of all, obviously evil, but the bad guys protected by diplomatic immunity are a good choice, providing real dangerous opponents who are not affected by the law at all, but each actor is quite ordinary (usually), except for two important protagonist bad guys.Joss akram’s slimy, jabbar-house-like superboss is the perfect leader of a sordid, illegal drug-smuggling operation that can quickly crush the people who disappoint him and target the police who pursue him. In fact, he was a bond villain on a scale, though he managed to keep the performance to the right of the pure ham (a few years later, he almost copied the role of fandam’s physical car, “Nowhere to Run”).
As established in the “lethal weapon” boss lieutenant and division of labor, the role of a command, and the other one is actually pose a threat to the body – riggs in Derek O ‘connor (Derrick O ‘connor) as Peter voss (Pieter Vorstedt) is endowed with a worthy opponent (riggs has been said in the movie, for “adolf”). Not only is worstet a trained assassin, but he also knows riggs himself, which is where the villain gets more interesting. After all, he was the man hired to kill riggs four years ago, but he accidentally killed his wife. The final confrontation between riggs and adolph was brutal and resulted in deserved and considerable death. Instead of copying the martial arts and fighting with deadly weapons, this scene allows o ‘connor’s more secretive character to slander rig-literally kicking him when he comes down, thus showing himself to be just as dangerous an opponent, even without the deadly weapons of Mr Joshua’s physical stature.
Further tying the two films together, we see the return of many of the almost unknown supporting characters from the first film. Although these are small parts of the cast that you might only vaguely recognize, it gives the film, after three years, some fantastic continuity; Although they have a core cast, the police force that backs them feels more authentic and therefore more convincing – especially when the bad guys start taking tougher action against them.
“They declared war on the police.”Perhaps the biggest bone of contention is not with Mr. Spacey, but with Patsy Kensit, who plays Mr. Riggs’s new love interest. The South African secretary is caught between the sticky attentions of her obnoxious boss and the charm of the riggs investigators. In fact, I don’t think kenship was bad at the role – in fact, if they kept her in future movies, it might have changed her failing career – but at best, her character is so short and sweet.
Of course, thanks to almost double the budget, the set is even more impressive than the first film. From the high-speed chase that began – including explosions, car crashes and helicopter attacks – to riggs’s complex chase as he crawled around on a trailer; From jumping into a hotel pool from a window to driving out of a container suspended from a ship, the stunt feels bigger and more spectacular, but still benefits from authenticity and is not affected by the visuals. The most typical example is that they tore down the whole building — literally, they pulled out the stilts that held it up and watched it fall down the hill; It was a huge stop-motion moment, costing $500,000 (2% of the budget) for just a few seconds. It’s worth it, and prefer the current CG options, which will be made in its place.
The film is also the first in the series to feature a 2.4:1 aspect ratio, and donner often makes bold use of this wider scene, using a lot of focus lenses, and it works very well. While they’re not as inherent in the plot as the Brian De Palma films (c.f. Blow Out), they do add some nice touches. Whether riggs and murtaugh are chatting in the kitchen, or executing his own style of a vile villain, the dual focus gun helps the director, it’s a shame that they’re so far away from universal in later films (also followed by a 2.4:1 ratio) that may be out of date with the late ’80s.
It may not be the perfect lethal weapon, but the sequel is still a good example of how to maintain a winning formula without making production stale and predictable. Indeed, while there are a few elements – notably changing shane black’s script, which may have resulted in the film not being a very original masterpiece – it’s hard to fully evaluate these when you consider that, in their place, we not only get more humor and more satisfying closures, but two other films as well. Certainly easy to see why interesting elements into a deadly weapon 2 leave it as an actor and staff favorite installment, there are a few funny scene completely done a good job without having to reduce the content of the drama (such as drill, murtaugh ask riggs keep quiet when bomb squad and deal with the problem “” the toilet, he immediately followed by dozens of police officers, firefighters, journalists and the bomb squad gathered in phil murtaugh house inside and outside.”Why don’t they put the bomb in trish’s stove?””Yes. Think of all the unnecessary suffering that could have ended there!”
Unlike the director’s cut of the first film, there isn’t a scene in lethal weapon 2 that’s worth re-inserting – and if the director’s cut of the sequel is anything to go by, we won’t miss it here. In fact, the only theatrical cut that should be avoided is the original 18-grade British cut; Of course, don’t worry, this time it’s a full-length, uncensored theatrical version, in which riggs viciously takes out the goon who drowned his girlfriend at the last minute.
Remember the great opening scene of lethal weapon 2? In the opening scene, murphy’s wife’s new station wagon is ruined by riggs’s enthusiastic driving; Is a condom plant; Riggs has a common plot design technique that can easily dislocate his shoulder. “it hurts… But not as much as when I put it back… “Is the trailer scene of” mopping up “; Distraction for a “free South Africa”; For the “shoot his fish” scene; These included an attack by two helicopters on the coast and a sniper attack by riggs on the helicopter with a beretta; Attacks on stilted buildings and docks. Because riggs finally faced the murderer who killed his wife, murphy finally deal with illegal crime leader… The permanent.”Diplomatic immunity!”It’s just been revoked.