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Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F (2024)

My quick rating - 6.8/10. As a fan of the original Beverly Hills Cop series, the announcement of Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F brought back a wave of nostalgia for me. This latest installment manages to merge the charm of the past with the sensibilities of modern cinema, delivering another amusing romp through the iconic streets of Beverly Hills. The plot centers around Axel Foley, played by the ageless Eddie Murphy, whose daughter, Jane's (Taylour Paige) life is threatened. This new twist in the storyline gives the film an emotional depth that adds to the usual mix of comedy and action. Foley teams up with a new partner, Abbott (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) bringing a fresh dynamic to the screen, while old pals return to lend a hand in unraveling a conspiracy. Both Judge Reinhold and John Ashton return as Rosewood and Taggart and continue their amazing comedic chemistry. Murphy's performance is as vibrant as ever, proving he hasn't lost his touch. His comedic timing and charismatic screen presence anchor the film, making it feel like a natural continuation of the series and not a sequel 30 years after the last installment. Kevin Bacon steps in as the villain, delivering a subtle performance that adds a layer of menace to the story. Bacon's ability to play a good villain is once again on display, providing a formidable adversary for Foley. The action sequences are well-executed, keeping us engaged with a mix of high-stakes chases and intense confrontations. The film also succeeds in delivering solid laughs, blending humor seamlessly with the action. There are plenty of nods to the original films that will please long-time fans, while the new elements ensure it stands on its own for newcomers. I was a bit apprehensive but this flick is a worthy sequel that outshines one or two of its predecessors. It captures the essence of what made the original series great while updating it for today's audience. The film strikes a balance between honoring the past and embracing the present, resulting in an entertaining and satisfying experience. Whether you're a fan of the original films or just looking for a fun movie night, this latest installment is definitely worth a watch.

This one went straight to Netflix so check it out.

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