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Sometimes you just need to seek the comfort of an evergreen classic, and with Shane Black delighting audiences around the world with his box office smash, Iron Man 3, I felt this was as good a time as any to revisit his very first gig – as screenwriter of this fantastic action thriller. Now more than 25 years old, Lethal Weapon still feels incredibly fresh. Sure, technology has moved on, Vietnam war veterans aren’t quite so prevalent or active as they were in 1987, and Mel Gibson would never get away with that hair today, but the dialogue, banter, action beats and general mayhem still make for damn exciting viewing. What’s more impressive, however, is that the film takes the time to shape its characters, doesn’t feel the need for a superfluous love interest for Riggs (something that would however feature in all the sequels) and most importantly, nothing is ever made of the fact Riggs and Murtaugh are a mixed race duo.

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