So, how about that election result…
Back to the sane and sensible world of watching Christmas films in early November.
And today it’s…
9th November, Day 10
Lethal Weapon (Richard Donner, 1987)
A young woman commits suicide by throwing herself out of a hotel window. Her father had been trying to contact an old friend in the LAPD, Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) to try and stop her descent into drugs and prostitution. He is partnered up with Martin Riggs, a cop whose reckless behaviour since his wife’s death has earned him a loose cannon reputation. The two find a drug lab, which leads them to a retired Vietnam special forces General who is running a huge drug smuggling operation. With the Generals psychotic thug/right hand man Mr Joshua (Gary Busey) to deal with, will they be able to bust up the drugs ring? Will Murtaugh’s family be safe? And just how bad is Murtaugh’s wife’s cooking?
Scriptwriter Shane Black uses Christmas (as he does in a lot of his films) as a way to juxtapose family traditions with a kick-ass action film. It goes without saying that Gibson and Glover are great in their roles, but the scene with Riggs putting a gun in his mouth is a truly brutal one that sets the film apart as the daddy of all action buddy films. There’s also the pain that Murtaugh feels for his friend’s daughter. Without it, Riggs is just an unconventional maverick (like he becomes later on in the sequels), but in Lethal Weapon, his acceptance into the Murtaugh family is an emotional depth that goes beyond the usual banter of most of these types of films.
Overall, I give this
To be honest, I always preferred this sequel:
I’ll be back tomorrow with another Christmas film. In fact, I’ll be back with two Christmas films – DIE HARD and DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER. The festive season isn’t exactly John McClane’s favourite time of year.
Merry early Novembermas everyone!
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.
PS Here’s my list so far:
31st October, Day 1: The Nightmare Before Christmas
1st November, Day 2: Rocky IV
2nd November, Day 3: Edward Scissorhands
3rd November, Day 4: Trading Places
4th November, Day 5: Batman Returns
5th November, Day 6: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
6th November, Day 7: Gremlins
7th November, Day 8: Eyes Wide Shut
8th November, Day 9: Love Actually
9th November, Day 10: Lethal Weapon