"Beverly Hills Cop" remains a perennial favorite in popular culture precisely because, 30 years later, there is still joy in watching Eddie Murphy's street-smart Detroit cop take the piss out of Southern California high society. Aside from Murphy's comedic chops, however, this is almost shockingly inept as a genre film; one wishes a craftsman like Walter Hill or Tony Scott was behind the camera to lend some urgency.
This brought Eddie Murphy back from the debacle of Best Defense and showed the world that Eddie still had it and then some. There are very few people with a talent like Eddie Murphy. Just think how bad this movie would have sucked with Sylvester Stallone as Axel Foley, it would not have been near as great as this classic.
Brilliant star vehicle, ok film. Nothing special. I suspect its appeal is largely based on nostalgia. It isn't a patch on the original 48 Hours and it's probably not as good as its sequel, but it's an amiable time killer and a great showcase for Murphy's former talent.
Neither great or awful. A decent performance out of Eddie Murphy when he was in his prime before going over the top into a career supernova. Decent performances out of the supporting cast, but mostly I had awful 80s flashbacks from the nauseating soundtrack. Not exactly essential but an okay watch.