Lethal Weapon revitalized the buddy cop subgenre. By giving us one of the best buddy cop duos ever put to screen. Former military LAPD Sergeants Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh. Murtaugh is an aging family man on the verge of retirement, because he’s too old for this sh*t. While Riggs is a possibly crazy suicidal loose cannon grieving the death of his wife. They couldn’t be more different, but that’s what makes them a perfect match.
Lethal Weapon is an 80’s action film by Richard Donner that I knew I had to see. It’s apparently the one movie my mom’s seen the most in the theater. Over 6 separate times, so there’s no denying its impact. Lethal Weapon is also technically a Christmas movie. As it opens with “Jingle Bell Rock,” but this ain’t no festive flick. The first thing we see is a topless woman on cocaine commit suicide. She’s the daughter of a close friend of Murtaugh. And it’s up to him and his newly appointed partner Riggs to investigate it as a possible homicide. The two don’t take to each other at first. Mostly for Riggs inserting himself into dangerous situations. The most iconic scenes being his Three Stooges outburst and forcing another suicidal man to jump.
It’s only when Riggs saves Murtaugh’s life that they become friends. While on the case they discover the girl’s death is connected to an illegal drug smuggling ring involving rogue military operatives. A particularly ruthless one is played by Gary Busey. When they kidnap Murtaugh’s daughter, they stop at nothing to rescue her. Bringing with them fast action with a side of humor. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are a lethal combination with excellent chemistry. Contrary to the famous quote, Lethal Weapon never gets old.
Followed by: Lethal Weapon 2