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Bad Boys For Life [Review]

The 2020 American action comedy film, ‘Bad Boys for Life’ has been directed by Adil & Bilall and written by Chris Bremner, Peter Craig and Joe Carnahan. It is the continuation to Bad Boys II (2003) and the third instalment in the Bad Boys movie series. Established on a story by Craig and Carnahan, the movie stars Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Paola Núñez, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Kate del Castillo, Nicky Jam, Thomas Brag and Joe Pantoliano. Smith co-produced the movie with Jerry Bruckheimer and Doug Belgrad. In Bad Boys for Life, Miami detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett investigate a string of massacres tied to Lowrey’s unsettled history.

The biggest strength of this movie is the expressive acting that the series previously lacked. Things get private this time and the risks are higher as family and pals, are taken down. Also, Mike and Marcus, for the first time, have a discrepancy, as far as their opinions on what they want to do with their lives are concerned, and it makes for some of the most emotional spectacles in the series.

It’s not just the squad that’s come to be bigger; it’s the households too, like in the Fast and Furious franchise. Recall that stoic youngster Reggie (Dennis Greene) from Bad Boys 2 who takes out Marcus’ daughter (Bianca Bethune) on a date? He’s back and now, they are wedded. These little things connect the film to the franchise well, and directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have managed to write a script that interests both to fresh watchers as well as loyalists.

It also focuses on the constraints that come with the protagonists being elderly, and it steers to some great humour, more so owing to the chemistry between Smith and Lawrence. In one scene, Lawrence points out how they are not boys anymore, with Smith noting how the famous Bad Boys song would sound awful when ‘boys’ is supplanted by ‘men’. Such casual humour ensures there’s no plunge in fun.

Though the high-speed chases and witty one-liners work, the pace subsides in parts. The film’s climax, however, is loaded with more stunning and dramatic revelations and some finely executed action in the picturesque locations of Miami and Mexico. It is a must-watch for adventure and comedy lovers!

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