I can’t believe I’m saying this, I really can’t, but……. this is Will Smith’s best film in years! A lot of years. I honestly can’t believe it. I’m shocked and baffled. The preview to Bad Boys For Life looked terrible. Horrendous would be a good word to describe it. I couldn’t shake the current Will Smith curse and Martin Lawrence just looked desperately unfunny. Maybe they were trying to dampen expectations. Maybe they need some new movie trailer people.
Bad Boys For Life is everything you want from the genre. It’s laugh out loud funny, and much to my surprise it’s mainly Lawrence who is delivering the comedy. He’s really funny in this role, a role that he has made his own, even 17 years between drinks. You’ve also got great action sequences. Car chases, bike chases, gunfights, fistfights, it’s all there, and it’s thrilling to watch. Then there’s the all-important sentiment and nostalgia. I definitely didn’t expect it to be there, let alone, emotional.
These two, fairly new directors do a great job of putting all this together. I’m sure people were a little worried Michael Bay wasn’t on board in any way ;), but I think it’s all the better for it. This would have been a $200M blast fest with no rhythm or rhyme (They made this for a very respectable $90M). Don’t get me wrong, there are some Fast and the Furious-esque moments here that are completely unrealistic, but what are you expecting. For new directors, I’m impressed and keen to see what they do next.
The script was the place this was going to fall over if anywhere, but with great writers on board, (The Grey, Narc, A-Team, The Town, Blood Father) it’s solid. The pacing of the story is excellent. It keeps it funny, entertaining, and action-packed. What more do you want?! Go have some fun! Bad Boys For Life is now showing in cinemas from today.