I watched Bad Boys for Life the other day and unfortunately, it reaffirmed my gut feeling the first time I watched the trailer. I figured that the film wasn’t going to be that good, that the comedic aspect of the movie would feel wooden and that it was basically taking the action movie route than sticking to the comedy theme. Sure enough, as I sat with my family and forced myself to stay awake and watch the too-long two-hour and four-minute movie, it was everything that I expected, and I mean that in a bad way.
Yes, there is a legitimately shocking plot twist about three-fourths into the film that does make the story more complex but the movie suffers from a bland script filled with unnecessary cursing, Martin Lawrence’s acting feels like he hasn’t been in a big-time movie in a long while, making one a bit uncomfortable as you watch him struggle to deliver punch lines and supposedly tear-jerking moments with Will Smith’s Mike Lowrey.
All in all, unfortunately, I wasn’t a fan of this movie. It isn’t even a comedy. It’s more of an action film than anything and the action wasn’t even that great. Plus, there are some new characters introduced to this story that are unnecessarily pretty when they don’t need to be. It’s simply a distraction that only makes the film less likable.
I wish I could say Bad Boys for Life was as good, if not even better, than Bad Boys. All this movie confirmed is how difficult it is to duplicate Bad Boys. Unlike the Rush Hour franchise, which had two really funny movies, it was a one-hit-wonder, unfortunately.
I’m giving this movie a solid 75 out of 100 and 3 out of 5 stars. It’s very average, very underwhelming, and overall, my experience with the film was not great or memorable.
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