In order to get the proper mood of this post, please play this in the background while reading.
Some jerk decided it would be a good idea to reboot my 2nd favorite Christmas Movie (the first being Die Hard) as a TV series. And they’ve just announced the casting for Riggs (a.k.a. Mel Gibson).
I’m told that this is the Golden Age of television, so why aren’t we thinking of better ideas, people??
I know, Mel Gibson turned out to be a crazy racist, but there once was a time when he was just a crazy cop with a slight hint of an Australian accent. I mean this is lightening in a bottle people, you don’t just re-boot that.
I know, I know you’re all thinking, “Calm down it’s not like they’re remaking Braveheart.” Well, I wasn’t allowed to see Braveheart. My mom made me go upstairs and play in my room with the door shut for three hours when she purchased it on pay-per-view. I wasn’t allowed to see the Lethal Weapon movies either, but you couldn’t keep me from the dulcet tones of that late-80’s light jazz sax for long. (Yet somehow I still feel like I’m not allowed to watch Braveheart.)
This isn’t Mad Max–a remake I was totally pumped for and that far surpassed my expectations. Lethal Weapon is really just a buddy cop drama mixed with the pain of losing your soulmate (and bouncing back with the help of said buddy-cop). Point being, there’s not a lot to re-imagine here.
Plus, the Mel Gibson/Danny Glover pairing put all other buddy-cop pairings to shame. I can say this with a lot of confidence because I’ve seen a lot of buddy-cop movies and the only thing that came close to this awesome-ness was Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in The Heat. And that was for like entirely different reasons. (Admittedly, I did not see all of Turner and Hooch but that’s because I just cannot handle that much slobber.)
Actually, that’s a reebot I could get behind. Can we get Tom Hanks and a less-slobbery dog on board to replace this Lethal Weapon reboot. I would watch Tom Hanks solve crimes with a dog on a weekly basis.