Lethal Weapon 3 Revisited – Does changing the formula alter how we feel about this action franchise?

In this episode of Revisited, we look back on the third installment of Richard Donner’s buddy cop action franchise Lethal Weapon 3!

Is any franchise more beloved by eighties and nineties action fans than the Lethal Weapon saga? Through four installments, the Richard Donner-directed series, which starred Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as the most iconic buddy cops of all time, Riggs and Murtagh, consistently upped the ante as far as on-screen carnage went. But what made the series work wasn’t the action; it was the affection between Riggs and Murtagh and their genuine chemistry with their director, Donner. He made the movies family affairs. And indeed, the family grew with Lethal Weapon 3, which would introduce a tremendous love interest for Riggs – Rene Russo’s Lorna Cole.

In this episode of Revisited, written by Cody Hamman, edited by John Nguyen, and narrated by Travis Hopson, we dig into how the third installment of the series brought the Riggs character full circle by having him fall in love. We explore how Russo became part of the series and also dig into what makes this such a solid installment of the series, even if it’s night and day in terms of grittiness compared to the dark first film.

What do you think of Lethal Weapon 3? Let us know in the comments.

Originally published at https://www.joblo.com/lethal-weapon-3-revisited/

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