Despite Jake's insistence to the contrary, the 80s were a wonderful time to be alive. Cinematically, at least. John Hughes movies were being released roughly every fifteen minutes, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn had only begun the first phase of the dark magic that allowed them to keep looking youthful well past the point of mere mortals, Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino were still working in video stores to gain the knowledge that would allow them to garner small but intensely loyal armies of fans, and George Lucas and Steven Spielberg were at the top of their games.
And the action movie was King.
This week, the guys plunged elbow-deep into the 80s action genre to watch Lethal Weapon 2, starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci.
|And a cast of fanboys of Mel Gibson's later work...|
After a run-in with some criminals who are, for some reason, driving around in BMWs with piles of gold krugerrands just rolling around loose in the trunks, Riggs and Murtaugh find themselves on the wrong side of some South African diplomats, led by the guy who wanted to kill Bill and Ted in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey (Joss Ackland as Arjen Rudd). Unfortunately, they can't do anything about it because of a poorly thought out law that protects foreign diplomats...What was that called again?
These guys are clearly not very good at their job.
|And then I shot him for jaywalking!|
|This is the ass we wanted to see.|
Angered and frustrated with the way he and his men are being singled-out by the LAPD simply because they just happen to be dealing drugs, having money laundered, and killing people, Arjen sends Vorstedt and his men on a spree to just straight-up murder the police. All of them. A lot. Suck it, Ice-T.
|Keep playing your silly little songs...We got this.|
OR DOES IT?!
Yeah, it totally does. Mostly. Except for the two main guys, who Riggs and Murtaugh must face on a boat, because why the hell not?
Jake believes that this movie is what every action movie strives to be, and a very small few only manage to come close. He also thinks that Riggs, a confirmed animal lover throughout the rest of the series, is kind of a dick to his dog, Sam, in this one, throwing a boot at him, and then leaving him to be shot by bad guys in a helicopter until Rika makes him stop so Sam can get in the truck with them.
Larry believes that this is one of the finest examples of an action movie. Even more amazing, the other movies in this series are similarly well made, including the interaction between the cast. If he has one complaint, it's Leo. Okay, not so much Leo himself, as much as the way he constantly prefaces everything with, "Okay...okay..." The others disagree, arguing that that's part of Leo's charm.
Derek is willing to fight anyone who does not instantly agree that this is the second-greatest action movie ever. (After Road House, of course.) He worries about Leo, who is not only abused by everybody else in this movie, but seems to not only enjoy it, but actually thrives because of it. That guy has some serious issues that only years of intense psychiatric therapy can even begin to help. He also thinks this movie is really about the destruction of Trish's station wagon.
|And maybe Joel Silver's bathroom issues.|
|Booga booga booga!|