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Beverly Hills Cop - Axel F: A Surprising Return to Form!

Netflix pulled a fast one with the release of Beverly Hills Cop - Axel F, the highly anticipated fourth installment in the iconic franchise. I was hoping for the thrilling action and comedy I love so much from the first two installments, but I was expecting a photocopy of the hard to watch third entry (except of course for the fabulous cameo from George Lucas). Perhaps my own old age has made me too pessimistic, but I was pleasantly surprised to see Axel Foley back to his original form, albeit, showing his age.

Directed by Mark Molloy and penned by the trio of Will Beall, Tom Gormican, and Kevin Etten, this film is a delightful blend of nostalgia and fresh, engaging storytelling. Eddie Murphy reprises his legendary role as Axel Foley with the same charisma and wit that made him a household name, which is exactly what was missing from part 3. Murphy's performance is both a tribute to the character's origins and an evolution, showcasing his growth while retaining that unmistakable Foley charm.

The cast is a perfect mix of familiar faces and exciting new talent. Returning stars Paul Reiser, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, and Bronson Pinchot slip back into their roles seamlessly, adding layers of depth and continuity to the story. Their on-screen chemistry with Murphy is as electric as ever, reminding fans why they fell in love with these characters decades ago.

Newcomers to the franchise Taylour Paige, Kevin Bacon, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt bring fresh energy and dynamism to the film. Paige's performance as Foley's estranged daughter is particularly noteworthy, as she holds her own in scenes with Murphy, providing a refreshing new dimension to the story. Bacon and Gordon-Levitt deliver solid performances that add intrigue and excitement, perfectly complementing the returning cast.

The direction by Mark Molloy is sharp and engaging, capturing the essence of the original films while infusing a modern flair that keeps the narrative compelling. The script by Beall, Gormican, and Etten is witty, fast-paced, and full of the clever humor and thrilling action sequences that fans of the franchise expect.

This wouldn't be a Beverly Hills Cop flick without special attention to the music. I LOVED the return of the signature soundtrack that is essentially Alex Foley's at bat music, but they brought back the classics from the first two flicks, including "The Heat" is On by Glenn Frey, "Shakedown" by Bob Seger, and my all time favorite "Neutron Dance" by The Pointer Sisters. Hearing these classics with a modern story was better than expected.

Beverly Hills Cop - Axel F is a triumphant return to form for the series. It balances nostalgia with innovation, offering long-time fans a satisfying continuation while introducing the beloved franchise to a new generation. This film is a must-watch for anyone looking for a fun, action-packed, and genuinely entertaining experience. Netflix has delivered a true gem with this release.

As a side note, if you are from Las Vegas, or a fan of our hockey team, there is a fun scene in Detroit with Foley watching a match between the Red Wings and (at the time) the Stanley Cup champions, the Vegas Golden Knights! Nice to see our relatively new franchise get some screen time.

For fun, here's a look back at then and now.

If you hate to read, I also did a video review of the film. Check it out:

Brandon and I also did a Trailer Trash Talk for Beverly Hills Copy - Axel F. Check that out here:

And of course, to get you excited for the Netflix release, check out the trailer here:


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