It’s taken a long time, but Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back with the third Bad Boys movie, titled Bad Boys for Life.
This time, director Michael Bay hands over the reins to up-and-coming Belgian duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (although he gets a producer credit and makes a cameo). After such a long time away, a very different movie industry and relative newcomers behind the camera, can the film succeed?
Well, if these initial reviews are anything to go by, yes! Check out what the critics are saying below…
“Apart from one shot that tilts the camera on its side as if you are playing your Xbox while lying down, the action scenes lack any real wow factor. What works, though, are the reactions: the screams, the swears, the quibbling between the cringing Lawrence and tough-guy Smith. It’s a formula too sweet and smooth to deny.”
“It’s impressive and enjoyable to behold how easily Smith and Lawrence slide back into these characters and actually make them more accessible and fun to be around than before.
“At almost every stage in the script by newcomer Chris Bremmer and veterans Peter Craig and Joe Carnahan, matters become more layered and complicated than they first appeared… But if all the main characters carry some heavy, even tragic burdens with them wherever they go, the writers also supply them with plenty of good times.”
“I’m happy to report that I think that this film is better directed than (the first two) although at times it does feel like it fits in with Michael Bay’s style, as if they are trying to appease the films of the other two films by making a film that seems like Michael Bay could have made it.
“I was pleasantly surprised that this movie is actually semi-coherent… the jokes are funnier. One thing this movie definitely does better is the villains… the stakes are a lot more real.”
“Bad Boys for Life is the sort of thing I suspect we’re going to be seeing more and more of: the sequel to a long-done franchise that may now be an all-too-obvious cash grab and infusion of movie-star brand enhancement, but doesn’t play like one.
“Will Smith and Martin Lawrence bring their A game; they never let us feel as if they’re going through the motions. The marks may be standard issue, but they hit them with fury and flair.”
“Most of Bad Boys for Life is slick, serviceable junk, but it springs to life in the last 30 or so minutes, as new revelations — I won’t say what — not only give the story some newly complicated moral stakes and narrative unpredictability, but also free the otherwise mopey Lawrence to perk up and start talking glorious shit to his co-star (I wish I could quote some lines here, but they’d be spoilers).”
“Bad Boys for Life doesn’t aim to raise the bar on its genre or rewrite the blockbuster rulebook, but it’s a blast watching Lawrence and Smith revisit these characters and find a sensible place for them in the current Hollywood landscape.
“Looking over its shoulder while charging forward, the movie understands that some things have to change in order for others to stay the same.”
“The only point where Bad Boys for Life starts to go off the rails is when it starts to follow Fast & Furious too closely in hopes for setting up future instalments.
“Franchises don’t really end these days but Bad Boys for Life isn’t a bad way for Mike and Marcus to ride into the sunset.”
Bad Boys for Life will be released in cinemas on January 17.
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