Many suspect the film Bad Boys for Life continues Will Smith’s list of failed films after last year’s Gemini Man . However, it turns out that Smith and Martin Lawrence’s slick chemistry is still able to offer comedy and interesting stories throughout the film. The action is also no less like when under the direction of Michael Bay. Not only is it nostalgic, it also brings a deeper drama to Smith and Lawrence.
Bad Boys for Life takes audiences back to the story of Miami detective duo Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcuss Burnett (Martin Lawrence), but this time at the end of their careers. But Lowrey still persisted in fighting criminals until he was 100 years old. Things got worse after Lowrey was shot by an unknown person and remained in a coma for several months.
Apparently, the shooter also killed several members of the police and the judge. Research done. Returning from the hospital, Lowrey wants to find the criminal who shot him.
Having been opposed by Police Chief Conward Howard (Joe Pantoliano), Lowrey is allowed to investigate this case and becomes part of an elite AMMO team led by Rita (Paola Núñez). Together with a team of young-bloods Dorn (Alexander Ludwig), Rafe (Charles Melton), and Kelly (Vanessa Hudgens), they uncover this crime in a new style.
Return of the wayward Lowrey and Burnett
The absence of Michael Bay after bringing the bombastic action film from the first and second films Bad Boys is indeed felt in terms of the scale of the action. The combo of Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi behind the director’s chair did not disappoint. The nostalgia is still there with Michael Bay’s cameo that can be seen at the beginning of the story.
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The return of the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence tandem repeats the first film as it departs from the television series. At that time, they were considered one of Hollywood’s highest-grossing actors. And this time, Smith and Lawrence’s argument is still fun to enjoy and an important part of the excitement of this third film.
Not only nostalgia, Bilall and Adil bring the characters of Lowrey and Burnett deeper. The age that is no longer young makes both of them have to consider many things in making decisions, including family matters. The dynamics of the plot are interesting, even up to the unexpected plot twists .
Towards the end of this film, the audience will be presented with a quite satisfying action. At least the third act is well built, although it still leaves a lot of questions. Keep the pace high, the fight at the end can be enjoyed. And like any other franchise, the post credits have a cliffhanger for the fourth film.
Nostalgia ‘buddy cop’ 90-an
The ‘buddy movie’ film format emerged in 1969 and was started by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid . In the 80s, there was Lethal Weapon which developed into an action comedy film with two opposing main characters.
Bad Boys became the starting point for Will Smith’s popularity as a Hollywood action actor, before later starring in Independence Day (1996) and Men in Black (1997) . And you could say that Bad Boys for Life brought Smith back to the action track after falling quite far when he starred in Suicide Squad (2016) and Gemini Man (2019) .
Indeed the given formula is quite outdated, but its charm is still not lost. This genre is still believed to present a dynamic plot combination, in addition to providing comedy from the two main actors. Finally, Hobbs and Shaw (2019) , a spin-off of Fast and the Furious, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham was a hit in the market.
Smith himself agrees, this film is made for the nostalgia of Lowrey and Burnett’s characters with a more complex story. It’s not just about the young blood duo that often explodes. The family theme can also be felt throughout the film. And the action and interesting plot make this film still entertaining.
Good, but still not perfect
The film Bad Boys for Life can be called an interesting spectacle at the beginning of the year, but this film is not a perfect film. Lovers of Smith’s films and have watched Gemini Man may be able to see the similarities of this film with Smith’s character in the film by Ang Lee. Just look at the climax.
New faces are also less likely to get a chance. Like the combo of Isabel Aretas (Kate del Castillo) and Armando Armas (Jacob Scipio) almost disappeared in the middle of the story. AMMO’s youth squad is still shrouded in the shadow of the Lowrey-Burnett combination. But they are quite interesting. Colombia Pictures might be able to make a Fast and Furious-style spinoff from this team.
It doesn’t make the plot worse. Comedy provided is fun to enjoy and the chase and fight scenes bring back the excitement of an action film that is not too heavy. Smith and Lawrence connect the action and comedy just right, like a joke in the middle of a chase, and take Lowrey and Burnett’s story a little further. But if developed, this film would be even more impressive for the Bad Boys franchise .
Overall, Smith and Lawrence bring back the 90s buddy cop genre nicely, although there are some parts that get less attention. The film Bad Boys for Life can be an entertainer from routine with comedy and action that is presented. Seeing the global audience’s interest, it’s not impossible that Bad Boys 4 could come sooner.