Lethal Weapon, the 1987 action movie is what we are talking about this week. Starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover (NOT Rene Russo and Joe Pesci, they came later), this movie touches on some really tough topics and does so in a (somewhat) realistic way. Mel plays a Vietnam veteran Martin Riggs who, in addition to dealing with the horrors of war, is on the edge of sanity after losing his wife tragically in a car accident. Roger Murtaugh is the grumpy older detective who is a family man on the edge of pension when he draws the reckless (and quite frankly dangerous) Riggs as a partner on a case that runs that gamut of sex, drugs, and murder.
This movie could have failed at so many points. Ok, failed may be a strong word, but there are several points where it could have turned into a paint-by-the-numbers buddy cop movie and it doesn’t. It maintains an edge and darkness that is really essential to the whole spirit of the movie. They lose a bit of that edge in the sequels, although that’s somewhat bound to happen. Having only seen the sequels in recent years, I had forgotten just how good of a movie this is, and not just a good action movie. Mel performance is both over the top and nuanced at the same time. Danny is…well…he’s getting too old for this shit.
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Lethal Weapon on IMDB
Lethal Weapon on Amazon