Friday, March 7, 2014
LETHAL WEAPON - 27 YEARS LATER
In March of 1987, I was busy wrapping-up a year as part of my 'post secondary education', which may be why I missed the release of director Richard Donner's Lethal Weapon.
Last night I sat down with a friend's DVD (all four Lethal Weapon flicks in one set... that's what I call "lethal") and ended up enjoying the movie. While I don't profess to be an authority on the "cop buddy picture", I am aware that this territory was more virgin territory back when it was produced; the paint-by-numbers malady had not taken over, infecting so many movies of a similar intent. (Viewing from today's perspective, I almost always sensed what would happen next in Lethal Weapon. The fight at the end was ridiculous. When Gibson and Busey agreed to settle scores with a martial arts display, I burst into almost hysterical laughter, which converted into rolling giggles. I knew that Busey would try and get a gun, and that Mel and/or Danny would convert Busey into a mess of flesh and blood.)
Danny Glover and Mel Gibson were very good together. Mel was outstanding as a "tenuous" character. As a matter of fact, about twenty minutes into my private screening it occurred to me that he was channeling Dustin Hoffman, or seemed to be... which is not a bad thing at all. One could picture Hoffman playing this role if Gibson were to pass.
I won't bother with episodes II to IV. For some reason I sense familiarity....