Tuesday, May 11, 2010

'Beverly Hills Cop' is Eddie Murphy's best

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, and Ronnie Cox
Director: Martin Brest
Rating: Nine of Ten Stars

When an old friend is murdered, pig-headed, rebellious Detroit police detective Axel Foley (Murphy) travels to Los Angeles to investigate on his own time. He, of course, brings much chaos to the otherwise tranquil and by-the-book police department of Berverly Hills.

"Beverly Hills Cop" remains one of the funnest police comedy/action films ever made. The script is perfectly paced and has a perfect balance between action, suspense, and comedy; Eddie Murphy is perhaps better here than in any other movie he's made since, truly shining as the wise-cracking, never-even-heard-of-the-rulebook sort of police officer that would have been kicked off any realworld police force long ago; and Reinhold and Ashton sparkle as a pair of uptight Beverly Hills cops who become infected with Foley's wild ways. The soundtrack, with the nifty "Alex F Theme", is also perfect.

Just about everything in this film had been done before "Beverly Hills Cop" came along, and it's been done hundreds and hundreds of times since... but it's never been done as well as it is here. This is a definate must-see for lovers of light-hearted police movies.

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