Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Trouble with consistency.
This film was selected from ‘The 250’
When I started watching the Beverly Hills Cop franchise, there’s been more than one person who has warned me about this third film, saying the first two movies were miles better than the third. Okay, I can see your point, I can, but your point is primarily based in the idea of comparisons. If all I did was compare to the first or second movie, I might have hated it as well. Instead, I decided to look at it as a movie all on its own, and I didn’t hate it. I still don’t think it’s good enough to rent, but I did like Beverly Hills Cop III a little more than the second.
So, Axel Foley is once again back in Detroit and finds himself with an urge to get back to Beverly Hills when his boss is gunned down by a number of armed men. The truck the villains escape in conveniently ends up in Beverly Hills, which leads Axel to a theme park called Wonder World. It turns out the man who gunned down his boss is the head of a private secuirty firm at the park, and is part of an underground counterfeit ring that Axel must stop at all costs, along with his BHPD cop buddies.
Okay. So the main issue this film runs into is without a doubt – consistency. Consistency within itself and as a part of a franchise. Eddie Murphy is still cussing like a sailor, but only half the time, and never crude like the others. Part of the comedy of the series relied on crude humor – Eddie Murphy’s crude humor to be exact. With that missing, it automatically feels wrong. At the same time, I never really cared for his crude humor to begin with. So I don’t really…care…that it’s missing. When I said it’s inconsitent within itself, I mean most of this film takes place in a theme park with kids, and it feels a lot like a family movie. I could see this easily edited for TV, and make more sense, but the theatrical release doesn’t. Not when everyone is still cussing. The violence makes sence nowadays with family movies, but the F bombs…I don’t know, it naturally feels out-of-place.
This also failed in originality…once again. Every movie in the franchise starts with someone close to Axel Foley getting killed by gunshot, and Axel has to go to Beverly Hills to investigate, and the first place he goes to is always where the bad guys are secretly hiding. Why? Why couldn’t this movie at least have some decent mystery and detective work? Why does it have to be exactly like the others at the heart? That really makes me mad. At the same time, because its theme is inconsistent with the others, it mistakingly feels a little fresher. Call me crazy, but I welcomed that. I was desperate for it to feel different, even if it feels different for the wrong reasons.
One of the main things I complained about thus far in the series was the theme song. The first two movies used the same exact song repeatedly. If you’ve seen them, you know what I’m talking about. The first movie just used that song. Over and over. No various versions, just that. The second one did the same thing, but had a variety of different songs in the soundtrack to make it feel fresher and more natural. The third movie did the best thing – and created different versions of the same song. Slow, fast, with different instruments, and reprisals. Finally, it felt like a real movie for once. I had no problem with the song.
Beverly Hills Cop III has the best usage of the theme song, and there are a lot of surprisingly great Eddie Murphy scenes that are hilarious – in terms of expressions and physical humor.
When it comes right down to it, the movie is inconsistent within itself and as a whole in the series. It feels like it doesn’t belong, no matter how much good it does.
Look, George Lucas!