Rapid Review: Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

lethal weapon 3 poster

“When you retire, you’re not just retiring you, you’re retiring us.”
– Martin Riggs

SYNOPSIS: Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh pursue an arms dealer who is a former LAPD officer. – via IMDB

lethal weapon 3 double act

GRADE 6.5Yep, the boys are back. That is what I can say, and that I had a lot of fun here, too. Murtaugh is damn near about to retire, and his retirement will not only affect himself, but Riggs, too, which he didn’t take into consideration. They are still out there, causing trouble, pissing off the world, causing immense amounts of destruction while chasing down their leads, but it works. Again, Riggs meets a woman, but unlike Rika, who I felt was placed in the film purely for sexual reasons as well as to tie in the murder of Riggs’s wife, I think that Lorna is equal to Riggs and the one woman who can take his crap and give him hell. Leo Getz makes his return again, and at times his inclusion is good, other times he is simply annoying, once again. There is much enjoyment while watching the movie, but I must say that a week after the fact it just doesn’t stick with you quite the same way the previous two do. Not because it isn’t good, because it is entertaining, it just doesn’t come together as smoothly as the others – and the plot? Pretty much non-existent. The jokes came thick and fast though, so there was plenty to laugh at, and Murtaugh and Riggs show us, once again, why they are super tight. Gibson and Glover manage to work wonders with each other, and keep it fresh, convincing, and entertaining every step of the way, and they just click. I suppose that also helps to make this such an enjoyable watch. Rene Russo contributed to the story and wasn’t just some bimbo hanging around and I liked her. Trouble seems to follow Riggs and Murtaugh around constantly, but I am not complaining. Without them being so tight with Murphy, we wouldn’t have these movies then 🙂 Murtaugh’s retirement was something I was worried about. No ways, the dream team needed to work together still! Maybe later it could all stop! Thank goodness it was addressed though. Plus the Murtaugh family’s “retirement” board and countdown was classic. Overall, a fun, silly watch with a flimsy plot, but still does the job.

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