Will Smith and Martin Lawrence Return to Form
The definitive duo of friends from the 90s returns for a third episode of melodrama, jokes and bullets. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence continue to be sympathetic in Bad Boys for Life . The film works much more seriously than the previous episodes. Their mantra of "rolling together, dying together" strikes harder than the directed prequels of Michael Bay. Belgian filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah breathe a darker tone into the action fray. They succeed better than improbably. Bad Boys for Life will be adopted by fans of the franchise. Casual viewers will tire of the schtick, but will get their tummies from explosions and car chases. Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) celebrates two milestones. Twenty-five years spent together in the police and the birth of Marcus' grandson. The happy events bring together the police family, led by Captain Howard (Joe Pantoliano) and a new team of detectives (Paola Núñez, Vanessa Hudgens), to celebrate. The night is turned upside down by tragedy. An enemy who has been simmering for a long time is back to take revenge.
An evil villain (Kate del Castillo) escaped from prison in Mexico. She sends her ruthless son (Jacob Scipio) on a deadly mission. Take back their cartel and make an example of Mike Lowrey. As the Miami Police Department breaks away from the savage attacks, Mike and Marcus face a new truth. Marcus wants to retire. He is done with danger and violence. Mike wants blood. Longtime partners are tested like never before, but they will always see each other again.
Mauvais Boys for Life assesses the number of bodies. The good guys and the bad guys are also in the line of fire. The higher stakes lead to a calculation for our heroes. Is it really worth dying for the cause? The script, co-written by action guru Joe Carnahan ( Narc Team A ), wants consequences for the shooter. The darker tone works initially, but turns into severe melodrama. I recognize El Arbi and Fallah ( Snowfall ) for wanting a more fleshy plot. It just needed to be more concise and more impactful.
There is a lot of fan service in Bad Boys for Life . The classic scenes and characters from the first two films are brought to varying degrees. Some are smart and funny, but most of the nostalgia looks like a shake-up. It's been seventeen years since the last film. There is no need to constantly revisit the well.
Bad Boys for Life has several twists and turns that can be seen a mile away. The obvious revelations are tempered by the chemistry of the leads. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are like an old married couple at this point in their careers. They settle in a bickering groove that provides the majority of laughter. The almost slapstick shenanigans are especially necessary with the heavier scenario. Their spiel becomes boring borderline, but keeps the laughter flowing when the intrigue begins to slip.
At the basic level, Bad Boys for Life should be tried as Action Movie. El Arbi and Fallah aren't innovative, but have enough thrilling footage to be entertaining. Michael Bay poured it out like a fire hose. He lost sight of character development. This third installment offers the older and more seasoned protagonists a fault. They don't detonate as many things, but continue to cook with gasoline. Action addicts will get a decent solution.
Bad Boys for Life is both the end of an era and the beginning of something new. Stay in the credits to see where the franchise goes. I have the feeling that we will not have to wait nearly twenty years for the rest. Bad Boys for Life is a film production of Don Simpson / Jerry Bruckeimer, Overbrook Entertainment and Columbia Pictures with distribution by Sony.
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