BEVERLY HILLS COP: AXEL F – “Breezy action/comedy escapism fueled by nostalgia”

Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F.  (L to R) Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley and Paul Reiser as Jeffrey Friedman in Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F.  Courtesy of Netflix © 2024.

RATING

DIRECTOR

Directed by: Mark Molloy (Feature directorial debut)

MAIN CAST

Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Detective Bobby Abbott
Kevin Bacon as Captain Cade Grant
Taylour Paige as Jane Saunders
Judge Reinhold as Lieutenant William "Billy" Rosewood
John Ashton as John Taggart
Paul Reiser as Jeffrey Friedman
Bronson Pinchot as Serge

SYNOPSIS

It is the fourth installment in the Beverly Hills Cop film series and a sequel to Beverly Hills Cop III (1994).

Axel Foley has returned to Beverly Hills after his daughter Jane's life is threatened. She and Axel team up with her ex-boyfriend and his old pals, John Taggart and Billy Rosewood, to uncover a conspiracy.

REVIEW SUMMARY

Breezy action/comedy escapism fueled by nostalgia, Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F is sure to make OG fans of the franchise very happy. Yep, Eddie Murphy has zero issues slipping back into the role of the sly and witty wildcard that is Axel Foley. As likable (and humorous) as ever, Murphy doesn’t miss a beat with his throwback performance. It’s clear this isn’t some “go through the motions to cash a big check” outing for the veteran actor/comedian. There’s clearly a love for the character and that truly shines through. What else glowed here were all the nods to the original film(s). For one, the music is a real retro treat, with classics like “The Heat Is On” and “Shakedown” on full display. The needle drops also include a new song from Little Nas X that samples the iconic theme. It’s ok, but if I’m being honest, it’s placement in the big climactic action sequence didn’t quite fit. Fortunately, the movie has more than just a retro soundtrack and score going for it, as the supporting cast also comes out strong. Yes, there’s returning characters like Judge Reinhold’s Billy and John Ashton’s Taggart, but we’ve also got welcome new additions in the way of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Taylor Page. The latter plays Axel’s adult daughter, giving Murphy’s character a nice new twist to work with. However, it’s Bronson Pinchot’s return as Serge that steals things in his brief cameo. The accent will never not be funny. As for the plot, well, let’s just say it’s not re-inventing the wheel. And frankly, I wouldn’t want it to. You don’t go into a Beverly Hills Cop movie for game-changing storylines - you go in for fun. And, I’m happy to report, this film has plenty of it!

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