Another day, another Christmas(ish) film.
But just what is behind door number 3?
Goodness me, it’s Lethal Weapon.
Which is, surprisingly enough, another Shane Black film. Although he’s not the director this time, but he did write the script.
Richard Donner was the man in the director’s chair (he also directed Superman the Movie and The Goonies, so is second only to George Lucas in the cinematic narrative of my childhood).
I’ve loved this film since I was a teenager so it’s pretty hard to be impartial.
I think I probably taped it off the telly but it was always one of my ‘go-to’ movies in the halcyon days when I actually had time to sprawl on the sofa and devote hours at a time to watching stuff and ignoring my homework.
Still, it holds up pretty well today, albeit the eighties soundtrack and Mel Gibson’s mullet do date it a little. It’s fun, fast-paced and comes in at under two hours, which is all I really ever require from a film.
Score for Christmasishness
Like the previous two entries, Christmas is not the central theme to this movie, but it does manage to neatly weave Christmas into the plot at times – the drugs bust and subsequent shoot-out at a Christmas tree dealer is a nice touch, as is the ‘Dear Bad Guys’ note that is left on a Christmas tree for Garey Busey’s ‘Mr Joshua’ prior to the finale.
The movie gets a bonus Christmas Tree for the carol-singing cops.
Plus the film opens and closes with Christmas music so I’m not sure what else you can ask for from a Christmas movie.
Except maybe a bit less violence and death.