It’s day 3 of our very own special Christmas Movie Advent Calendar, the Screen One Christmas Movie Countdown. Join with us as we continue to countdown to Christmas with a new movie to watch each day as the days get ever closer to the big day. All films are availble via various streaming and terrestrial TV services.
Day 3 – Lethal Weapon (NOWTV)
IF THESE TWO CAN LEARN TO STAND EACH OTHER… THE BAD GUYS DON’T STAND A CHANCE.
Veteran buttoned-down LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh is partnered with unhinged cop Martin Riggs, who – distraught after his wife’s death – has a death wish and takes unnecessary risks with criminals at every turn. The odd couple embark on their first homicide investigation as partners, involving a young woman known to Murtaugh with ties to a drug and prostitution ring.
Lethal Weapon, is it a Christmas movie I hear you ask? It’s set at Christmas and Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) is having a hard time with what would now be called mental health, as he struggles to come to terms with the death of his wife and PTSD. In what was one of Mel Gibson’s key roles other than Mad Max, he shoots, kicks and punches his way to the bad guys led by Gary Busey with Danny GLover reminding us that he’s told old for this sh.. It’s cracking fun and a decent ,80s actioner (That may crop up in a future episode of Get To The Chedda! Watch the first episode HERE) and for those of you in disblief that this is a Christmas film. The first time we see Gibson’s Riggs, he’s in the middle of a sting operation that is taking place inside a Christmas Tree sales lot. The film opens to the song “Jingle Bell Rock”. The film closes with Riggs joining Murtaugh and his family for Christmas dinner. One of the key scenes wih Riggs sprinting down the street after the bad guys (As you can see in the trailer above) there’s Christmas lights in the street. Anyway, whether you coinsder it a Christmas film or not (And we warn you Die Hard is a Christmas film, as much as this is so prepare yourselves for that later this month) it’s still well worth a watch.
Join us tomorrow for the next film on the Screen One Christmas Movie Countdown.
If you’ve missed any of the previous couple of days you can check them out here: