Lethal Weapon

Mel Gibson and Danny Glover: two names that didn’t particularly excite me when Emily recommended the film to me. They’ve both been in their fair share of subpar films, and those seem to have been the ones I was watching. Nevertheless, combine the two and you arrive at one of the best buddy cop films I’ve ever seen.

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Mel Gibson plays Martin Riggs, a suicidal police sergeant who lives in a campervan. Why is he suicidal? In an early heart-wrenching scene, we see the poor man putting a gun in his mouth, sobbing over a picture of his wife. He can’t pull the trigger, and instead consoles himself by saying ‘I’ll see you later, I’ll see you much later.‘ Gibson’s acting in this scene is just incredible.

Danny Glover on the other hand plays Roger Murtaugh, who has recently had his 50th birthday and keeps telling himself how he is ‘getting too old for this shit!‘ Riggs and Murtaugh have been brought together to  investigate the death of a hooker, and put an end to a gang of drug smugglers.

The police bits, and the plot are good, but it’s the interaction between Riggs and Murtaugh that really makes this film so special. Riggs feels like he has nothing to lose, and freely puts himself in very dangerous situations, whilst Murtaugh is more calculated. Murtaugh initially resents being put with Riggs, but eventually warms to him through some incredibly witty dialogue.

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The 80s really was a good decade for action movies. Lethal Weapon is a cop film with a difference: interesting characters. I’ve never seen Gibson and Glover act so well, and this one film has increased their credibility a lot in my eyes. I look forward to checking out the sequels.

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