Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F

Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F
Original title:Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F
Director:Mark Molloy
Running time:115 minutes
Release date:03 july 2024
L'inspecteur Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) est de retour dans les rues de Beverly Hills. Après que la vie de sa fille ait été menacée, elle (Taylour Paige) et Foley font équipe avec un nouveau partenaire (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) et de vieux amis Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) et John Taggart (John Ashton) pour faire monter la pression et découvrir une conspiration.

Mulder's Review

Beverly Hills Cop : Axel F is a highly successful comeback for Eddie Murphy and the cult character Axel Foley. Coming 40 years after the original, this film is a total success combining nostalgia with modern cinematic techniques, proving that Eddie Murphy and Axel Foley can still captivate audiences with their unique blend of humor, action and heart.

Right from the start of the film, viewers are transported to the bustling streets of Detroit, accompanied by the infectious beat of The Heat Is O. It's clear that Axel Foley, despite the years, is as sharp and intelligent as ever. The opening sequence, set against the backdrop of an animated field hockey game, showcases Axel Foley's ingenuity as he manipulates circumstances to foil an important robbery. This scene is a reminder of why Axel Foley has become such an iconic character - his ability to combine street tactics with a keen sense of justice is both exciting and entertaining.

Eddie Murphy, now 63, slips back into Axel Foley's skin with an ease that's nothing like the decades that have passed since he last appeared in the role. His performance is a seamless continuation of the charismatic, mischievous cop audiences fell in love with in 1984. Foley's return to Beverly Hills, motivated by a threat to his estranged daughter Jane Saunders (played by Taylour Paige), adds a deeply personal and emotional dimension to the story. Taylour Paige's portrayal of Jane Saunders is remarkable, embodying both the strength and vulnerability of a woman caught between her professional obligations and her complicated relationship with her father.

The film's plot, centered on a conspiracy involving Jane Saunders' client, weaves a complex web that brings Foley back to Beverly Hills. This plot allows for the return of beloved characters such as Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and John Taggart (John Ashton), whose camaraderie with Axel Foley brings both comic relief and a sense of continuity. The chemistry between Murphy, Reinhold and Ashton is as electric as ever, capturing the magic that made the original films so memorable.

New actors, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Inspector Bobby Abbott and Kevin Bacon as crooked police captain Cade Grant, breathe new energy into the franchise. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's performance as Bobby Abbott, a young detective with a past connection to Jane Saunders, provides a compelling dynamic with Axel Foley, balancing old and new story elements. Bacon's Grant is a sinister antagonist who adds a layer of tension that keeps viewers on their toes.

Director Mark Molloy, making his directorial debut here, handles the material deftly. Known for his acclaimed commercial work, Mark Molloy brings a visually dynamic style to the film, capturing the essence of Detroit and Beverly Hills with equal flair. His decision to shoot action sequences practically, rather than relying on CGI, results in thrilling, authentic scenes. The helicopter chase through Los Angeles, in particular, is a remarkable moment that showcases Mark Molloy's skills in staging large-scale action.

The screenplay, written by former cop Will Beall, Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten, pays homage to the original films while introducing new narrative elements that feel fresh and relevant. The dialogue is lively, the humor punchy and the emotions deeply resonant. The relationship between Foley and his daughter forms a strong emotional core, anchoring the film in the midst of frantic action.

The film's music is another highlight, blending classical pieces with contemporary sounds. Lorne Balfe's score pays homage to Harold Faltermeyer's original themes, while Lil Nas X's new Grammy-winning song "Here We G" adds a modern touch that revitalizes the soundtrack. The inclusion of timeless hits like The Heat Is On and Neutron Dance alongside new material ensures that the film's musical landscape will appeal to long-time fans and new viewers alike.

Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F is more than just a nostalgia trip. It's a testament to the enduring appeal of Axel Foley and the unrivalled talent of Eddie Murphy. The film strikes a perfect balance between paying homage to the legacy and breaking new ground, making it a must-see for fans of the original series and newcomers alike. The return of familiar faces, the introduction of new characters and the harmonious blend of action and comedy make this film a worthy addition to the Beverly Hills Cop franchise. The film makes us completely forget the huge disappointment of the previous installment, which failed to reach the level of the first two films.

Eddie Murphy's performance, combined with Mark Molloy's direction and a strong cast, ensures that Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F is not just a celebration of the past, but also a promising step forward. The film's release on Netflix guarantees that it will reach a wide audience, allowing old fans and new generations alike to discover the magic of Axel Foley. This latest installment reminds us that some characters, and some stars, are truly timeless. After discovering it, it's clear that we want a fourth installment in the years to come.

Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F
Directed by Mark Molloy
Written by Will Beall, Tom Gormican, Kevin Etten
Story by Will Beall
Based on Characters by Danilo Bach, Daniel Petrie Jr.
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Eddie Murphy, Chad Oman, Melissa Reid
Starring  Eddie Murphy Judge Reinhold, Paul Reiser, John Ashton, Bronson Pinchot, Taylour Paige, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mark Pellegrino, Kevin Bacon
Cinematography : Eduard Grau
Edited by Dan Lebental
Music by Lorne Balfe
Production companies : Paramount Pictures, Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Eddie Murphy Productions
Distributed by Netflix
Release date : July 3 2024
Running time : 115 minutes

Viewed on June 28, 2024 (Netflix press screener)

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