Last week I wrote about a number of movies that were bouncing around inside my head that I needed to watch (I’m a Movie Junkie. It’s True) and last Friday night I watched Lethal Weapon. Again. For some uncountable time…maybe 50-something times. Or more. who knows.
Regardless, I watched it and I loved every minute of it. I love the Lethal Weapon movies. In fact, all four of them are just really, really good movies. Its hard to find a movie where all the sequels hold up. And while they’re not as good as the original, I think a case can be made that Lethal Weapon 2 is right on par or just under. 3 and 4 were more comedic and yes still a lot of fun action involved.
Every time I think of Lethal Weapon 2, all I can think about is “Diplomatic Immunity!”. Fuck I love that line. I often wonder if, when my kids are able to watch these movies, they will find the pure joy in them that I have or will they think they’re too dated and old and crappy?
There is something so pleasurable about seeing a good, hard action movie that doesn’t involve tonnes of special effects and computer wizardry. That’s likely why I love the Lethal Weapon series. You don’t need to be The Matrix all the time. You don’t need green-screen, computer graphic-based action movies to be good. In fact, most times those movies cost hundreds of millions of dollars and suck ass. Just give me a good action movie with fun and guns and fighting and you’ve got my money. Take it!
But again, maybe this is all because I grew up in the 80’s and find the quality of these flicks to hold up better than modern action movies. I dunno. What say you?
Oh, and I know there is now a Lethal Weapon TV series. I’ve begrudgingly watched the first few episodes and I’ll discuss that later in another post. Suffice it to say, though…go watch the movies instead.