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Bad Boys For Life – You A Pop-Pop

I also wouldn’t bang a witch without a condom. That wouldn’t be the smartest thing to do, to put it mildly. Detective Mike should be ashamed of himself.


Bad Boys For Life (2020) is directed by Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi, produced by Columbia Pictures, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing.

It’s the third installment in the Bad Boys franchise started by Michael Bay.

It stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as the main cast duo, with supporting members such as Vanessa Hudgens and Alexander Ludwig.

The film is about the wife and son of a Mexican drug kingpin taking a vindictive quest to murder those involved in his arrest and imprisonment.

Miami detective Mike Lowrey happens to be one of them.

Mike ends up getting severely hurt one night, and eventually teams up with his trusted partner in crime-Marcus Burnett.

They both also join a unique tactical specialist squad called AMMO, to bring the criminals to law and order.

The two men must learn to cooperate with their newfound team, however difficult it may be, to defeat the cartel that poses a threat to all their lives.

Crazy Action Storyline

We all pretty much know what this plot holds. Bombastic, in-your-face action sequences, loud gun shootings, one-on-one fight montages, you get the drift.

And there was nothing wrong with any of those shown here.

If you’re a fan of the previous installments from Michael Bay, then this one’s predictably right up your alley.

I just happen to be one of those people, so I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that I had a good time being engaged in the story.

The car chasing scenes, grenade explosions, brawling tussles, all of them basically were bad-ass to look at.

I think I even saw Will Smith in one scene riding a plastic skateboard on his side while shooting a handgun. Not bad.

Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures

Smooth Direction

Another great element of this movie. I think a major nitpick critics had with the previous Bad Boys were that the camera angles and various rapid movements looked choppy and shaky.

Frankly, I didn’t notice any of them here. The directors instead effectively focused the camera directly on the characters when mayhem was occurring.

Probably my favorite buddy-cop feature films would be from Rush Hour, starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan.

And seeing the direction in this case be managed really well did much to nostalgically remind me of them.

The scenes throughout the plot mostly were developed originally, although the ending does contain a tonal shift in a certain character that I didn’t notably vibe with.

I won’t give too much, but you’ll know what I mean when you get to that moment. It kind of caught me off guard, to be honest.

I expected the climax to continue a certain way, but then it just slapped me upside the head with a weird character transition.

Incredibly Satirical Writing

One thing I know we can all agree with. The writing and dialogue between the characters was funny as hell.

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence joking around and talking smack to each other made me crack up nonstop. The writers did a phenomenal job establishing the baseline for comedy in the beginning, then grew that as the 2 main characters went on their missions.

There was one specific scene that involves a guy with a bruise on his forehead (You know what I’m referencing).

The things that Smith and Lawrence said after taking a closer look at it was classic dark humor.

It was even funnier with the camera zooming in on their facial reactions.

A lot of swear words are also utilized throughout the movie, something I had no problem with as the writing implemented them just at the right moments to make me chuckle.

The comedic timing was always on point when the characters made slurs at each other.

Dazzling CGI Effects

I also was ecstatic with how awesome the CGI effects appeared when the stunts were coordinated.

The visual effects that were illustrated when guys were fighting on rooftops also looked really great and well-made.

Further, I was dramatically surprised at how gory and violent some of the scenes were.

There’s only about 1 or 2 I can remember that were depicted in exceptionally graphic detail.

Most of the imagery though was tolerable to take in. The best part about the visual effects for me were the car chase sequences.

Combined with hilarious dialogue between Smith and Lawrence, they made them look effortless and stunningly easy.

Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Releasing

Bad Boy Performances

It shouldn’t need to be stated that Will Smith and Martin Lawrence were absolutely great with their brotherly chemistry.

Smith flawlessly plays that classic hot-headed ladies’ man maverick that repeatedly gets himself into fights and brawls.

Lawrence likewise does really well portraying the back-up guy to go along with the rantings and extravagant behaviors of his reckless friend.

Both of them add significantly to increasing the humor and fierce action throughout the entire film.

The supporting cast members like Vanessa Hudgens and Alexander Ludwig also were engaging to the overall craziness taking place. I wasn’t really convinced though from Paola Nunez’s performance, who plays Rita Secada.

I don’t know what it is, but there were several scenes where her character just didn’t feel developed enough.

The movie makes it clear to me that she’s Mike’s ex-girlfriend, but it doesn’t really give much more than that to explain what her motivations are for helping the two main characters.

Her, and other supporting actor’s, entry into the lives of the 2 Detective cops just felt shoehorned in.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, Bad Boys For Life was an entertaining and exciting watch for me.

I honestly wouldn’t mind seeing another installment to this franchise, although I think the characters by that time will probably be too old for running around and getting into life-threatening motor vehicle pursuits.

This action and comedic movie is ideal for someone who likes to see a lot of wild madness unfolding in films with hysterical dialogue to complement them.

I know it definitely was for me.

FP Score – Praiseworthy

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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