Beverly Hills Cop is one of the all-time great action comedies, the second one launched Tony Scott into the twinkly jaws of Hollywood, but this third one... is it even a Beverly Hills Cop film?
Axel Foley doesn't really act like Axel Foley here; very little smart mouth and clever getting into buildings with the use of his laser tongue. The relative realism of the previous two movies goes right out the window, replaced with childish mugging, surreal (read: lazy) humour that the previous two instalments didn't possess and bizarre action scenes, especially in the climax, that defy the laws of logic, but not in a visceral Die Hard 4.0 way; think Tomb Raider 2. It's like watching a Saturday morning kids show with a potty mouth.
The first thing you'll notice is the music - gone is the synth-only awesomeness that always seems to remind me of Deus Ex. There's an orchestra now because, like, it's a big movie innit? There're big set-pieces too, which would be good had there been anything of any artistic, narrative or comedic value bookending these sequences. God, I hate this film with an intensity that you can actually see with night vision.
What the hell was John Badham thinking? This movie ruined his career, and with good reason - but did it have to take down Eddie Murphy's with it? A horrible waste of a very large budget with a terrible script that was reportedly written as they were filming, and it shows. The five star reviews here must be either those who will make a profit off the selling of this godawful DTV film masquerading as a theatre flick, or they're trying to be cruelly ironic. Or they're just deeply stupid people with no sense of what makes a film good. DO NOT under any circumstances buy this film, even out of curiosity.