Bad Boys for Life (2019)
Title: Bad Boys for Life
Genre: Action | Comedy | Crime |
Runtime: 124 min
Director: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah
Starring: Will Smith, Vanessa Hudgens, Martin Lawrence
The Bad Boys Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett are back together for one last ride in the highly anticipated Bad Boys for Life.
WINNING ON THE FRIENDSHIP, NOT THE PLOT
The franchise of Bad Boys has been about two black males, two cops that like to be violent. That’s the core of the franchise itself. It’s violent and has a tone of cop-buddy with a crime-plot. But the plot itself hasn’t been relevant in the series. It’s just a plot tool: a device to comprehend the story, a b-part for the story. The real element of the story in the Bad Boys franchise is the relationship between the main characters Marcus and Mike, played by Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, respectively.
As the title suggests, it’s the final movie together. Probably for the best as the first one came out in the late 90s, and the franchise hasn’t been active for some time either. So, this is a movie that’s only relevant because their age is more appropriate for retirement now than earlier instalment. This film is the only one in the franchise that isn’t directed by Michael Bay, which is a revealing matter, now knowing a fourth instalment is on the way. His approach to filmmaking has often been about explosions and overrated character that drives the plot away and not focused on the characters. The Belgian filmmaking duo, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, has been helmed the directional part for this film, with Jerry Bruckheimer still there as the producer. Off course, Will Smith is also one of the producers.
The plot is simple and weak. It has been done before, and there’s really nothing new on this story. The jokes are flat and stupid. The comedy is corny and off-putting. The balance between comedy and crime-thriller is just wrong. The story doesn’t feel honest to itself. The visuals are only okay, nothing revolutionary exactly. The music is on the spot at sometimes. But it doesn’t help that much. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence do what they were paid to do.
By the end of the third act, it comes right out of the blue that the villain of the movie is the son of Detective Mike Lowrey. It doesn’t have that much credibility until the final act of the film, which is a bit disappointed. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence is just noise in these films. Smith’s performance holds up better than Lawrence, maybe it’s the character or the status Smith has, but he gives his performance a higher strike than Lawrence. As usual, when a department is shut down, the team always assemble with the main characters. It has happened so many times before; it sickens me.
The story outline is so challenging to follow and track; the editing is not in a good structure at all.