Bad Boys For Life Movie Review: This is one of the entertaining film of the Bad Boys franchise.Modified On: 31 January 2020 | Reviewed By: Saurabh S Nair
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence's action flick matures with age and adds a whole lot of heart to it. The movie is a nostalgia trip for the franchise lovers.
Cast: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Paola Núñez, Kate del Castillo, Nicky Jam, Joe Pantoliano
Directed By: Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah
Bad Boys is one of the most favorite buddy cop franchise, despite the director Michael Bay who directed Part 1 and 2 having a bad reputation. And arguably this part will be hands down the most entertaining comparing to other parts.
Detectives Mike Lowery (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) are hardly Bad Boys anymore. They are Good Men — or at least, they’re trying to be. A lifetime of leaving violence in their wake has shaken them up, Marcus more than Mike. But when a mysterious assassin begins systematically eliminating every individual who was involved in the incarceration and subsequent death of his father several years ago, Mike and Marcus agree to jump back in, one last time.
Bad Boys for Life is clearly a Will Smith driven movie with Martin Lawrence almost playing a 'second fiddle comic relief' character. What's really impressive is how Will manages to bring the same essence of the previous installments yet add his own spin of 'heart' to Mike Lowrey. This time, writers Peter Craig and Joe Carnahan add more emotional depth to his character and Smith has a lot to play with. On the other hand, Martin makes his big-screen return of sorts and in spite of a lesser presence to play with, Lawrence shows us that his comedic timing hasn't malnourished. Rather, it works like old wine. With time, he comes to be a strong suit while his camaraderie with Will is still the highlight of the action flick.
Belgian director duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who’ve given themselves the fittingly flippant credit ‘Adil & Bilall’ in Bad Boys for Life, do a solid job of mimicking Bay’s lurid visual style. Every outdoor scene seems to take place either during sunset or at night; and such is the lecherousness with which their camera views Will Smith, that were it a person, you’d be complaining to HR immediately. On several occasions, Adil and Bilall also break out Bay’s famous 360 hero shot. But wisely, they do not co-opt Bay’s problematic tone; in that regard, Bad Boys for Life is more like a Fast & Furious movie.
The scene-stealing act in Bad Boys for Life belongs to Jacob Scipio, who plays the 'one-toned' villain with such charisma, that at times, he gives Will Smith a run for his money! However, the new guns Paola Núñez, Vanessa Hudgens, Charles Melton, and Alexander Ludwig don't have much to play with and fill the fodder space to let the original duo shine instead.
Screenwriters Chris Bremner, Peter Craig and Joe Carnahan — the latter of whom was also supposed to direct at one point — lay narrative set-ups with care, and pay them off handsomely. And they’re not above having a laugh at their own expense when they compare the plotting of the film to that of a Telenovela.
Bad Boys for Life is an entertaining action film that will enlighten your weekend.
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