The other day, while driving out to The Butchart Gardens, listening to old timey Xmas tunes (I know, I know) it became quite apparent that I know every word to "Jingle Bell Rock." This came as a surprise to James. In response, I said, "I watched Lethal Weapon countless times as a child."
I haven't seen the film in years, nor have I thought much about it recently, but I have never forgotten that opening scene. Just brutal! Picture me, a child of roughly 7 years, seeing some half-naked chick snorting coke and plummeting off of a building! Yeah, probably doesn't seem that far-fetched for those who know me. At that point I had already experienced the wrath of Freddy and Jason, but this was something totally different.
I remember the tune playing along side the rolling credits, then the obligatory "Cover your eyes!" coming from my dad. Of course, I peeked through my fingers, as every child does. But what I saw was completely unexpected. Also, I don't remember my dad ever saying "okay!" which was a signal that it was safe to take my hand away. I kinda think my parents just fell silent for a few minutes. My dad probably did his usual "Oh, Gawd" but, other than that, it was back to the typical family movie night at the Foort household.
That opening scene certainly wasn't the only lasting disturbing image from the series. Another personal fav, this time from the sequel, is the female officer getting blown to smithereens while jumping on her diving board. But, at least that wasn't accompanied by a Christmas classic. Also, who could forget Riggs being able to dislocate his shoulder and slam it back in?! Not nearly as disturbing as the other moments, but equally awesome. And, going back to the first installment. . .Gary Busey. . .hello! Enough said.
As it's now December 21st, and Christmas Day is creeping closer, I find myself searching through my stash of holiday films in attempts to boost the spirit. I've already watched A Charlie Brown Christmas, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story. This week's lineup will include Gremlins and Die Hard (obviously) but now I'm thinking of kicking it up a notch and throwing back to an old childhood fav that doesn't receive as much mention at this time of year, and really should. Lethal Weapon, I'm dusting you off and starting a new holiday tradition.
On that note, I leave you with a quote, followed by that infamous opening scene.
Murtaugh: "God hates me. That's what it is."
Riggs: "Hate him back; it works for me."
OPENING SCENE FROM LETHAL WEAPON
A lovely image from our visit to Butchart Gardens. Gotta love how spellcheck wants me to write "Butcher Gardens."
Happy Holidays, Y'all!
I'm finally doing it--pulling my insides out and splattering them around for all to see. Here we go!