I thought I was tired of sequels but…Bad Boys For Life had me laughing, crying, and surprised by how much I enjoyed the movie, considering the action genre isn’t my forte.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence rounded off two successful movies with a third by pulling out some of their classic duo comedy. My parents loved to see the two actors back in action, especially since Smith has been going a little off the rails lately, *cough* Gemini Man *cough*. I, on the other hand, wasn’t as enthusiastic since I had only been about 5 or 6 when I watched the previous two movies, but it was still pretty good.
The movie touched me as we, the audience, are reminded that these once “bad boys” have now become “good men” and are truly like brothers. The most touching part for me was seeing Mike Lowry (Smith) cry. We waited two movies to see this man show some real emotions.
My only problem with the movie was the length. For a movie that was two hours, about 30 minutes were chase scenes, shootouts, as well as kind of unnecessary dialogue or set up/knock down comedy scenes. Also, the message seemed lost or switched quite a few times throughout the movie while trying to get as much nostalgia, comedy, and action crammed in as possible.
The message of the movie reminded me “loosely” of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows while giving the whole action vibe of Fast and Furious. I say loosely simply because the message (at first) was about Lowry’s legacy, settling down, and him and Marcus (Lawrence) finally retiring from the “Bad Boys” lifestyle since Marcus recently welcomed his first grandchild. Mike, however, wasn’t having it. Then, the plot turns into a revenge Taken-esque movie as Mike hunts down the man who shot him. Finally, it returns to being about family (which was basically a reminder of Vin Diesel in Fast and Furious) within the last 30 minutes when the big twist is revealed.
Hollywood’s opening of the film during MLK weekend seemed to be the perfect idea to reel audiences in. According to Yahoo Entertainment, Bad Boys For Life debuted to $73 million in sales and is expected to quickly surpass the $100 million mark.
Overall, the movie is definitely for people who either enjoyed the first movies in the Bad Boys franchise or love the thrill of the chase in the action genre. It’s not necessary, but if you haven’t seen any of the Bad Boys movies I highly recommend them especially before seeing this movie.
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By Patience Hurston, Senior, Thornwood High School
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*Marilyn Koonce, Northern Illinois University Alumna, contributed to this article.