Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F: Movie Review

Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F Movie Review: Better Than Expected

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Admittedly, while we knew about "Beverly Hills Cop," we had never seen any of the films in the franchise. This is our first dive into the crazy, funny, and chaotic world of Axel Foley. If we're being completely honest, we didn't have high hopes for this film. Given that this franchise is being resurrected after 30 years and Netflix's recent track record, our expectations were low. But surprisingly, "Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F" was funny, charming, and entertaining from start to finish. It exceeded our expectations.

Three decades have passed since the events of the last film, and surprisingly, Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) is still a Detroit police detective. When his former partner Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) contacts him about his estranged daughter (Taylour Paige), whose life is in danger, Axel decides to return to Beverly Hills to settle matters with her once and for all.

The last Eddie Murphy-led film we saw was a disaster, which made us forget why we loved him in the first place. But in "Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F," Eddie Murphy is back in form. This film could have been a complete disaster, but Murphy and the film won us over. The movie has a nostalgic, old-school vibe. The comedy and action were standouts, feeling refreshingly different from modern action films. These sequences were silly but not outrageous. The chaos and "cost" that Axel Foley creates were highlights. However, the film falls short with its narrative. Axel Foley's justification for leaving his daughter was not compelling and deviates from his character. The story was predictable and generic, with us guessing the villain from their first appearance. Despite these flaws, as a legacy sequel, this film is refreshing. While the writing falls short, Eddie Murphy's performance and charm, coupled with nostalgic action, make the film entertaining and justify its existence.

Rating: 3 and a half reels

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