Will Smith Most Awaited Film Bad Boys for Life Review
Mike wants to continue doing what they do best — indiscriminately murdering criminals in inventive fashions whilst driving fast cars — but Marcus is ready to settle down as he has just become a grandfather. However, every time a figurative ghost out of Mike’s past makes a dreadful and violent reunite, the pair are forced to weigh what really matters to them and what they will do in order to protect it.
It is hard to get too far to the narrative without revealing a few of Bad Boys’ strangest secrets — and boy does it have these — but stylistically directors Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi perform a great job paying homage to the bonkers of Bay whilst updating the appearance of the movie so that it does not seem dated when sitting alongside the Hobbs & Shaws of their contemporary action landscape. Speaking of that, Bad Boys for Life certainly feels as though it took a few hints from the Fast and Furious spin-off in regards to pushing the boat out with a number of its stranger action sequences and set-pieces. Whilst it never really reaches those heights it is an ambitious attempt to meld over-the-top superhero-inspired action together with the classic R-rated violence and humor that the Bad Boys franchise is well known for.
Lawrence and Smith are clearly having a good deal of fun here with the latter attempting to recapture his childhood and avoid the realities of growing up and also the prior only wanting to finally take off some time. In 2020 there is certainly an aspect of Bad Boys that play otherwise as these movies arguably glamorize authorities violence and at the newest entrance militarized policing. Bad Boys for Life does attempt to guess with that a bit, attempting to speak to this idea of pacifism and coming to terms with your past, but ultimately what really saves the movie from any profound critical breakdown is its commitment to becoming completely and utterly ridiculous. We kid you not, at the conclusion of the movie you will probably be asking yourself if the entire thing takes place at a John Wick-style alternate world. And who knows, maybe it will? Whatever the case, there is an almost remarkable amount of WTF moments that had this reviewer’s theater at a mixture of hysterics and total shock.
Bad Boys for Life isalso, at its heart, doing what any studio picture does these days: setting up a potential new franchise. These new members are largely made up of a militarized police force referred to as AMMO that’s staffed solely by inexplicably good-looking ex-teen actors. High School Musical’s Vanessa Hudgens takes on the weapons professional character, Riverdale’s Charles Melton is your sassy musclebuilding, and The Hunger Games’ Alexander Ludwig rounds from the newbies as a technician ace with a tragic past. Unlike many movies attempting to present new legacy characters, however, Bad Boys for Life does it relatively well. Hudgens and co. are charming and their continuing dynamic using the reluctant elders is a fun one.
Whilst the core cast is strong that the standout here’s Jacob Scipio’s antagonist Armando Armas who thanks to brilliant stunts and great action management has some truly stunning and violent minutes. It will help that Scipio is a talented actor who has one of their very completely fleshed-out character arcs from the movie. After all, he’s looking for revenge two murderous cops who kill tons of individuals on a regular basis. Whilst visually remarkable — if you want fast cars, well-cut suits, and impeccably shot action — and stuffed with an entertaining cast, Bad Boys for Life flails marginally in regards to pacing, narrative, and anything that exists beneath the very polished surface.
Basically, if you are prepared for the absurd, savage, and at times completely unbelievable R-rated action that Bad Boys for Life has to offer than you will probably be glad you chose the ride along. It functions to build the present world of this franchise whilst providing fan service minutes, classic character callbacks, and a chance for Lawrence and Smith to ride again. For filmgoers that aren’t prepared for the action assault from all sides, it may not be the film for you, especially when it strikes its rampant stride in the next act and completely devotes to all-out war. Though it probably will not be the last time that the Bad Boys ride it might be a totally acceptable send-off into an action franchise that is still flying the flag for the days of bombastic blockbuster fare.
If you have missed large, bombastic, damn action films taken with style that lean in their R-rating and rely on cast chemistry rather than strong narrative then you will probably adore Bad Boys For Life. Otherwise, you could still have a blast as it is certainly a nonstop ultra-violence extravaganza. However, there’s also the chance that you could come from the movie having a bit of all-out-action fatigue.