Day 5 of our "12 Days" of movie reviews is also the beginning of the Shane Black 4-Pack. Today we start with the very first film he wrote, the most quintessential cop film of the last 30 years...LETHAL WEAPON!
What happens when you mix two outcast police officers, porn, cocaine, and Christmas? You get one of the greatest 80's action flicks ever to be made. We get to see Mel Gibson in his prime, before he went crazy (just don't tell Riggs I called him crazy), and the always wonderful, Danny Glover. These two worked so well off of one other.
This film paved the way for so many other great "buddy cop" action films, such as Beverly Hills Cop, Bad Boys and Rush Hour.
But what makes it special to me is how relatable it is to the average person. Dealing with issues of growing older, holiday depression, and even making new personal connections at an older age.
I'm gettin' too old for this shit!
What makes it Christmasy?
Well, it helps that it's set during Christmas-time, which you get the sense of right from the get-go, as Jingle Bell Rock plays during the opening credits. We also see a coke deal in a tree lot, and even a Bugs Bunny Christmas cartoon playing on the TV.
If you haven't seen this film yet, then what the hell are you waiting for!?! Go watch it now!
Josh's Rating: 9/10
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