Bad Boys for Life

Bad Boys for Life is a 2020 American action comedy film starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, and is the sequel to Bad Boys II (2003) in the Bad Boys franchise.

The film was directed by Adil & Bilall, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Smith, and Doug Belgrad.

The film follows detectives Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) reuniting once again when someone starts murdering people involved in an old case.

The film co-stars Vanessa HudgensAlexander LudwigCharles MeltonPaola NúñezKate del CastilloNicky Jam, and Joe Pantoliano.

The Bad Boys franchise comes alive again after 17 years

Bay, Bruckheimer, Lawrence, Smith re-unite to create yet another piece of awesomesauce piece of cinema

Bruckheimer does not get Bay on board to helm the director’s seat but brings in the Belgian duo of Adil & Billal

So, does it work? Let’s find out!

What doesn’t work?

  • The story is pretty wafer thin; can be seen right through
  • There are some pretty blaring loop holes that tend to defy convention
  • Some of the actors on display are given a short hand
  • It seems they have been used as accessories
  • The editing table would have been responsible in this case
  • Hudgens, Ludwig, Melton and even to that effect Nunez have been under utilised
  • The angle between Smith and Nunez left unexplored is a big let down
  • The reason I say this is that both the actors are solid and would have lent to a credible romance track

Now, What works?

  • The Script is relatively better than the first 2 installments
  • Even though the story line is basic and vapid, the script tends to make the proceedings on screen a bit intense
  • Unlike the first 2, here the intentions of the protagonist and antagonist are made more personal and the stakes are thus raised higher
  • Hence, the chase that ensues is now more closer to home and gets you invested momentarily as the intentions are revealed bit by bit
  • The Action Set pieces are larger than life, however not rambunctious and over indulgent the way we have seen them previously
  • They are pretty well executed and also display the passage of aging for our protagonists

The Performances?

  • As I mentioned earlier, the supporting acts could have been more than mere sidekicks
  • Nunez in her role as Rita does exude all the traits of a bad ass cop however her character arc remains undeveloped
  • A bit more screen time and she would have lit the screen on fire
  • Pantoliano essays the role of the Captain trying to rein his 2 stellar cops as always
  • His banter, sarcasm and witty one liners remain intact
  • Last but not the least, this entire movie hinges on Lawrence and Smith
  • They deliver with finesse and aplomb
  • The Chemistry these 2 carry remains intact over the past 25 years
  • Their arguments, altercations, skirmishes just keep running through the narrative
  • It’s almost like a couple that just can’t get enough of each other
  • In hindsight, Lawrence and Smith have displayed a relaxed maturity while playing these characters in this installment

The Verdict?

Bad Boys for Life deserves a one time viewing in Theaters for Lawrence – Smith, a compact script, and a wholesome entertaining time

We Ride Together, We Die Together – One Last Time

I am not sure if this would be the last time but it still feels like it, As we might not see these 2 setting the screen on fire together any time soon!



Leave a Reply