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Review:Eddie Murphy Revives ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ with Nostalgic Comedy in ‘Axel F’

Eddie Murphy‘s return as Axel Foley in “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F” marks a comedic resurgence for the beloved franchise. The fourth installment, released on Netflix, successfully recaptures the charm and humor that made the original 1984 film a blockbuster hit.

After the disappointment of “Beverly Hills Cop III” in 1994, “Axel F” brings back the fast-talking Detroit cop to team up with his estranged daughter Jane (Taylour Paige) and reunite with old friends like Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and John Taggart (John Ashton). The film cleverly weaves in nostalgic elements from the previous movies, including the iconic “Axel F” theme song, while introducing fresh characters and a new conspiracy for Foley to uncover.

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Murphy effortlessly slips back into the role of Axel, showcasing his timeless comedic talents and charisma. The dynamic between Foley and his daughter provides heartfelt moments amidst the film’s trademark humor and action sequences. Director Mark Molloy, making his feature debut, handles the set pieces with skill, particularly a thrilling helicopter chase that pays homage to the franchise’s roots.

While the film’s 115-minute runtime may feel a tad overlong, “Axel F” largely succeeds in recapturing the spirit of the original “Beverly Hills Cop” and delivering a satisfying, nostalgic experience for fans. It serves as a welcome return to form for the series, washing away the disappointment of the third installment and positioning the franchise for a potential future resurgence.

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