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May 11, 2019
I had difficulty deciding how to rate Lethal Weapon. On one hand Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, playing the LAPD officer protagonists Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, were clearly putting in effort. The film was shot better than many of the action movies from this era with which I am familiar. This is an action film, and the action scenes in this movie were also extremely well done, although they were clustered toward the end of the film, making for a slow first half. On the other hand, the opening half hour plays straight every action movie cliche imaginable. A person high on drugs decides to jump off a high rise balcony? Check. An emotionally scarred war veteran/police officer puts a gun to his head but is unable to pull the trigger? Check. A police department decides to pair an older by-the-book cop with a reckless, hot-headed youngster who has no business being on the force? Check. The movie also has some obvious plot holes. For instance, Martin is transferred to homicide because of an incident while working in narcotics. Homicide is normally more prestigious than narcotics, so Martin was demoted upwards. Ultimately, I didn't enjoy Lethal Weapon quite enough to recommend, but I can see someone with a greater tolerance for action movie cliches enjoying the film quite a bit. After all, while Lethal Weapon may be a dumb movie even by '80s action movie standards, dumb entertainment still has a place.
½ April 27, 2019
A crime and detective movie with two partners with different ways of settling things. The story is confusing and sometimes the actors mumble their words which ends in me getting more confused, but it's still a fun movie due to its action and heart-warming moments.
April 3, 2019
The beginning of one of the best police action sagas ever. What better start, the chemistry between Mel Gibson and Danny Glover is immediate, the dark humor is the best and excellent moment of action.
February 5, 2019
Best buddy cop movie. Great characters. Fun. A must see.
February 1, 2019
The best thrilling movie ever made! With 2 of the best movie characters ever portrayed: Mel Gibson as Martin Riggs and Danny Glover as Roger Murtaugh!
January 12, 2019
Classic action film that set a new standard for the buddy cop genre, thanks to a superb cast & filmmakers willing to go a little dark with the content. Gibson & Glover are excellent as Riggs & Murtaugh, playing off each other perfectly & giving career best performances. Gibson channels his crazed intensity to perfection while Glover is a fantastic straight man, giving brilliant reactions to every one of Riggs nuttier moments (his "I'm too old for this shit" line remains a classic). They get great support from the rest of the cast, particularly Gary Busy as the villainous Mr. Joshua. Behind the camera, Richard Donner adapts Shane Black's script perfectly and one forgets, after the numerous sequels & current TV show, how dark & edgy the original is. Riggs is a truly disturbed, suicidal man and you truly don't know what will happen next with him, making his tension with Murtaugh palpable. The action is edge of your seat and Black's dialogue is as good as you can get in action movie. All that plus being set during Christmas, it makes for one of the best action movies ever made and another great addition to the holiday movie rotation.
December 26, 2018
I find it hard to believe that it has been more than thirty years since this groundbreaking film was released. I remember seeing an advance showing of it in my hometown in a sold out theater. It was and still is, one of the best action movies I have ever seen. It is a well known fact that one of the things that makes a movie great is its cast. "Lethal Weapon" is certainly no exception. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are perfectly cast in their respective roles. They compliment one another extremely well and have great chemistry together. What helps this movie a great deal is there are many scenes where you are not sure what is going to happen next. The best example of that is the scene where Mel Gibson's character tries to talk down the suicidal man who wants to jump off a building. The movie is worth watching for that scene. There are certainly some terrific action scenes as well. Veteran director Richard Donner (Who also directed the three sequels that followed.) does an excellent job here as well. After repeated viewings over the years, I still enjoy "Lethal Weapon" just as much as when I saw it for the first time. I think you will enjoy it just as much if you have not seen it already.
December 22, 2018
Lethal Weapon seems to be treated as some sort of Christmas action masterpiece of sorts preceding Die Hard by a year. I wouldn't go that far. I think this is just a fun '80s action movie with great comedic chemistry from its two leads and action sequences that actually left me on the edge of my seat even with the fact that Mel Gibson's haircut, the music and the gunshot sound effects instantly make it clear that, yep, this is an '80s movie. I didn't laugh as much as I hoped despite the fact that Shane Black wrote the script but I still thought Lethal Weapon was good. But when it comes to Christmas action movies, Die Hard is superior.
December 4, 2018
Best buddy cop action movie ever. The bad guys are menacing good guys are really likable. Great soundtrack too. Balances seriousness with light-hearted moments.
½ October 16, 2018
Lethal Weapon is a fun, exciting movie that deserves its standing in the pantheon of great action films. Contrary to popular believe this film didn't make Mel Gibson a star- He already was one after Mad Max but it did make him a household name in the US. He and Danny Glover are amazing as the mismatched buddy cop duo and one can say Lethal Weapon restarted the sub genre after 48 hours had done so a few years ago. Featuring great sequences, dialogues worth remembering and great pace Lethal Weapon is a must watch.
½ September 20, 2018
This certainly was THE buddy cop film
½ September 4, 2018
Lethal Weapon is a fun, exciting movie that deserves its standing in the pantheon of great action films. Contrary to popular believe this film didn't make Mel Gibson a star- He already was one after Mad Max but it did make him a household name in the US. He and Danny Glover are amazing as the mismatched buddy cop duo and one can say Lethal Weapon restarted the sub genre after 48 hours had done so a few years ago. Featuring great sequences, dialogues worth remembering and great pace Lethal Weapon is a must watch.
½ August 23, 2018
Lethal Weapon is a fun, exciting movie that deserves its standing in the pantheon of great action films. Contrary to popular believe this film didn't make Mel Gibson a star- he already was one after Mad Max but it did make him a household name in the US. He and Danny Glover are amazing as the mismatched buddy cop duo and one can say Lethal Weapon restarted the sub-genre after 48 hours had done so a few years ago. Featuring great sequences, dialogues worth remembering, and great pace Lethal Weapon is a must watch.
½ August 18, 2018
Lethal Weapon is a fun, exciting movie that deserves its standing in the pantheon of great action films. Contrary to popular believe this film didn't make Mel Gibson a star- He already was one after Mad Max but it did make him a household name in the US. He and Danny Glover are amazing as the mismatched buddy cop duo and one can say Lethal Weapon restarted the sub genre after 48 hours had done so a few years ago. Featuring great sequences, dialogues worth remembering and great pace Lethal Weapon is a must watch. (Richard Donner has created a great buddy cop film that shall serve as a blueprint for all films in this subgenre).
½ August 6, 2018
Lethal Weapon is a fun, exciting movie that deserves its standing in the pantheon of great action films. Contrary to popular believe this film didn't make Mel Gibson a star- He already was one after Mad Max but it did make him a household name in the US. He and Danny Glover are amazing as the mismatched buddy cop duo and one can say Lethal Weapon restarted the sub genre after 48 hours had done so a few years ago. Featuring great sequences, dialogues worth remembering and great pace Lethal Weapon is a must watch.
July 24, 2018
Lethal Weapon is a fun, exciting movie that deserves its standing in the pantheon of great action films. Contrary to popular believe this film didn't make Mel Gibson a star- He already was one after Mad Max but it did make him a household name in the US. He and Danny Glover are amazing as the mismatched buddy cop duo and one can say Lethal Weapon restarted the sub genre after 48 hours had done so a few years ago. Featuring great sequences, dialogues worth remembering and great pace Lethal Weapon is a must watch.(When movies were real and ballsy).
July 20, 2018
When i saw lethal weapon i was more than impressed, i was amazed. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover (no relation to Donald sadly) have some of the most amazing and believable chemistry and character development that make this the best buddy cop movie ever made.
July 14, 2018
Lethal weapon is such a great action packed movie of all time. Mel gibson and Danny glover were both great in the movie. Both of them were buddy cop pals back when they did the entire lethal weapon franchise. And I am a big fan of Mel gibson and Danny glover.
July 13, 2018
a comedy and action classic.
June 26, 2018
The first installment in the franchise offers a fun, action-packed thriller with plenty of good humor and an entertaining balance between its leads in this unique buddy-cop film that defined the genre.
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