‘Bad Boys For Life’ is a conventional hollywood comical cop story

Director: Adil & Bilall Cast: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Paola Núñez, Kate del Castillo, Nicky Jam, Joe Pantoliano

By   |  Published: 2nd Feb 2020  11:35 pm
Martin Lawrence has always been the subdued, no-risk-taking character while Will Smiths has always been the ‘shoot first ask later’ types.

The Bad Boys have returned. It has been a decade and seven years since the duo Will Smith – Martin Lawrence were seen together on the screen. Unlike the first two, this time round it is not Michael Bay at the helm. It is the Belgian duo of Adil and Bilall. They however ensure that Bay’s presence is there throughout the film.

The year is 2020. Detective Marcus Miles Burnett (Martin Lawrence), as always, wants to lead a peaceful family life away from all the hitherto violence. He now has a grandson. His partner Michael Eugene “Mike” Lowrey (Will Smith) cannot let go so easily. He is on the heels of the assassin Armando Armas (Jacob Scipio – as old times trailers would claim “in a role he was born to play!!”).

Finally, Armando takes a shot at Mike. Armando has just orchestrated the escape of his mother Isabel Aretas (Kate del Castillo) and has a list of people to assassinate, including Captain Conrad Howard (Joe Pantoliano). Why though is a part of the story.

Mike is forced to work with a new, high-tech team of young operatives AMMO (Advanced Metro Miami Operations) led by Mike’s ex Rita (Paola Nuñez). Will Mike and Marcus come together for one last time or will Armando succeed in killing Mike is what the rest of the film is all about. There is a Tollywoodesque twist in the plot for all those who have not searched for the film on Wikipedia.

This is a conventional Hollywood comical cop story (not to confuse it with our very own ‘Dabangg’ for various reasons). It is full of cop humour with statements along the likes of “We’re not just black! We’re cops, too! We’ll pull ourselves over later!”

This is while Mike is driving his blue Porsche with Marcus in the navigator seat getting ready to throw-up. There has always been a contrast between the characters of Smith and Lawrence. Lawrence’s has always been the subdued, no-risk-taking character while Smith’s has always been the ‘shirt off, shoot first ask later’ types. Here it is no different. They look old though. Though they occasionally cross the line with harsh comments, they usually make up pretty quickly and stand by each other when the bullets start whizzing past them. They also teach their song – Bad Boys to AMMO.

Bay’s presence is felt throughout the 124-minute outing. Logic was never a strong point of the series and the director duo ensure it stays that way. Smith and Lawrence are in their zone and entertain. They are well supported by the cast. Sequences are supposed to be either progressively or regressively inferior. This, surprisingly, remains the same.

Could this be the last outing – who knows! Bad Boys For Life.

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