Excerpt: Beverly Hills Cop wouldn’t be the same without its music. It’s not about some cheesy “pure ’80s” style, but a backdrop that becomes the perfect accompaniment to the shenanigans of Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy). It’s about the vibe of the film, setting a tone that is part ridiculous, part utterly convincing. This is a classic, not just of the ’80s, but of all time.
Excerpt: One of the all-time 80’s comedy classics, Beverly Hills Cop was also the biggest money-maker at the box office in 1984. A rising Hollywood star, a fun comedic story, a great supporting cast and a hit soundtrack all came together in this prototypical 80’s blockbuster.
Excerpt: The Movie Wending its way through the studio system for years, the script for Beverly Hills Cop went on to become one of the most admired of the 1980s (more than one screenwriting textbook references it) before serving as the blueprint for a genuine blockbuster. Rewritten by Sylvester Stallone when he was set to star (he graciously agreed to walk away, and his contributions were later folded into Cobra ), then tweaked to accommodate relative newcomer Eddie Murphy and...
Summary: One of the best indications of a classic is how well it stands up long after the film itself is dated. This one holds up quite well. The sequels never did measure up, but that’s okay. Paramount has really brightened our day and our high definition collections with the overdue release of Beverly Hills Cop on Blu-ray. Watching this movie again is like a much-needed vacation for this reviewer. The good news is that it will remain a part of my collection.
Excerpt: Re-watching Eddie Murphy's breakthrough performance in Walter Hill's 48 Hrs. recently for a review, I was surprised at how well the film has aged. It's as edgy and angry now as it ever was—possibly even more so, given the gradual softening of our popular culture in the last few decades.
Conclusion: Nearly thirty years later, 'Beverly Hills Cop' remains a hilarious joyride of comedy and action. The 1984 box-office smash proved Eddie Murphy was a major draw in Hollywood, fully employing his amazing talent with witty dialogue and alternating personalities. Today, it continues to be celebrated as one of the best in the genre and is arguably Murphy's most memorable role. The Blu-ray arrives with strong video and average audio.
Conclusion: Beverly Hills Cop wouldn't be worth the time of day without Eddie Murphy. There's nothing here, except for the music, that's not made exponentially better by Murphy's enthusiasm and mastery of not only the specific role but also the style that's made him and the movie such a gargantuan success.
Conclusion: Beverly Hills Cop is still great almost 30 years later, and was one of the first film to break the mold in funny cop-action-dramas. Eddie Murphy is great and all of the supporting characters are also great. Big props to Paramount for going into their catalog vaults and pulling out gems like this for release. Here’s hoping that they go ahead and release II and III as well. If only to complete the trilogy.