Bad Boys For Life
It’s Good to have the Bad Boys together again. I was a little worried when I saw that Michael Bay was going to sitting this directing gig out, but the trailer implied that his style would be represented faithfully by Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah, and it is!
Very much like a traditional “Buddy Cop” movie in the vein of the Lethal Weapon series, Bad Boys plays up the same hot shot versus family man detective dichotomy as established the previous two films, but because the characters are older, the stakes feel a bit more serious.
Of course this movie also have to bring in some action scenes too, and when they kick into gear, they are actually really good.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence get to stretch out their acting muscles a little bit more with the script too, with Lawrence definitely bringing something extra. There’s also new characters that bring in some good opposition for the aging detectives, especially a young task force called AMMO.
The only real negative I have is that the jokes are not as funny as in the other films. Maybe my comedic taste has changed in the past 17 years since Bad Boys II. There’s still some humorous scenes, just none that really stood out.
Also in the tradition of modern day franchises, there is a post credits scene.
Fun time at the movies and a worthy successor to the Bad Boys franchise.
3.5 out of 5
-Marquee Mark Markellus