GOLD MEDAL FILM
Screenplay by Shane Black
Produced by Richard Donner, Joel Silver
Starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan, Tom Atkins, Traci Wolfe,
Running Time: 110 minutes
Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) is an aging family man and a veteran police officer who has already hit his 50th birthday. He is assigned together with the young cop Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) who is just about to go suicidal after the death of his wife in a car accident. Riggs could only care less if he can live up to see the end of the next day. The two of them are assigned in order to investigate the death of the daughter of banker Michael Hunsaker (Tom Atkins). As they go deeper into the investigation they discover that they are also uncovering a dangerous ring of drug smugglers who are employing mercenaries who were once part of the military, led by a baron who is already known as "The General". After a tragic turn of events follow up, they find that they have already gained trust in one another.
I feel as if action movies from the entire 1980's decade can't possibly get any more fun than what exactly it is that I got right out of Die Hard and Lethal Weapon. Although I know that it's pretty obvious that Die Hard is the better of the two, Lethal Weapon has also provided enough thrills for a moviegoer like myself in order to have fun with what exactly I am watching right here. And truth be told, I'm not exactly a fan of either Shane Black or Mel Gibson, but what I cannot deny is just how much fun I had when I was sitting right through Lethal Weapon. I came into Lethal Weapon just on a day when I was bored and had nothing else to do and after finishing the film, I had just such a fun time I can't exactly describe with words.
When I think of clever writing for an action movie, I'm quite sad to say that Shane Black isn't exactly the first one who would be coming into my mind because I'm not exactly his biggest fan. However, I can already find myself making an exception when it comes to a film like Lethal Weapon because it truly is a cleverly-written film unlike a good chunk of Shane Black's own other screenplays based on what exactly I have seen. Of all the films that I've seen from Black's screenplays, this and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang have some of the cleverest and wittiest writing that could be associated with the action genre. Had he made more movies much like this I would be a fan of his. His own sense of humour simply works at its best in Lethal Weapon.
But from start to finish, the whole movie can already provide non-stop fun through its own action sequences. I found that the abundance of action present within Lethal Weapon already helped a viewer like myself have fun with what exactly he was watching on the screen. Even for those who may not be into action movies like myself, we need to have fun with such a genre from time to time and therefore I can already say I just had so much fun when I was watching Lethal Weapon. I felt as if I were riding through a series of non-stop thrills that just keep coming in and get better and better as the film goes on. Overall, it depends on just how much fun you choose to have with these sorts of movies and I surely had one helluva great time with Lethal Weapon.
I'm also going to be one to say that I'm not exactly the biggest fan of Mel Gibson. However, I find that in Lethal Weapon when he is together with Danny Glover they work wonders. The two of them have such excellent chemistry with one another and it helps create a truly worthwhile experience. I love it when I see in a buddy cop movie like this a rather fine bond of chemistry and I believe that the film which has already done it at the very best that we could ever expect it to possibly be is none other than Lethal Weapon. Glover and Gibson blend so perfectly well with one another and as the film keeps going, nothing ever breaks this bond and that's simply what helps me enjoy Lethal Weapon so much.
Action movies can't ever come about in the same way that Lethal Weapon. That is, if we're talking about buddy cop movies. Of all the buddy cop movies out there that I know of, nothing else has ever been able to surpass Lethal Weapon. This whole movie provided so many great thrills from beginning to end, what else was there to ever ask for? I've never been the biggest fan of Shane Black but what he has already shown us here is that he is capable of writing smart dialogue for action movies. Even if it isn't the best, it's definitely one of its very own kind and definitely one not to be missed.