Will Will Stole Martin Scorsese’s Aging Machine? Possibly. Because similar to Al Pacino in “The Irishman”, in “Bad Boys for Life” Smith does not seem to have aged a day since the last sequel hit theaters 17 years ago. And, for the first time in a long time, neither has its appeal.
Smith, who used to be a box office, has produced many rags in recent years: “Concussion,” “Gemini Man” and “Suicide Squad,” to name a few. And it seemed that the Willennium had reached an unfavorable end.
But the third “Bad Boys” movie, in which he stars alongside Martin Lawrence, is a return for the actor. His combat, comedy and even his sensuality as they return to total power. The prince is, once again, fresh.
The plot is not really, but who cares? Think of “Bad Boys for Life” as a Pennsylvania road shop: full of explosives and fun.
Mike (Smith) and Marcus (Lawrence) are celebrating their decades with the Miami Police Department when a masked motorcyclist shoots him in the chest. He miraculously recovers, but becomes obsessed with revenge, collaborating with a new technological force called AMMO (Advanced Miami Metro Operations) to locate his possible murderer. It practically levels the city in the process.
At the beginning of the movie, you wonder if almost two decades after the last “Bad Boys”, the public can still laugh at the destructive and vigilant police. Answer: yes! Lawrence says “Awwww s – t!” At least 50 times in this movie, and he was still laughing at number 47. In one scene, while the duo is on a plane, Smith turns to Lawrence and says, “We fly together, we die together,” terrorizing all passengers around it.
Another gag in progress is that while Mike is looking forward to taking action, all Marcus wants is to enjoy retirement, drive a Nissan Quest and listen to meditation tapes. Then, Lawrence makes him a rude Homer Simpson. After a considerable break from the cinema, the funny man returned last year as the only good part of “The Beach Bum,” and he’s hysterical here.
The only weak link in the film, directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah instead of Michael Bay, who led the first two, is the young AMMO team. With popular actors like Vanessa Hudgens and Charles Melton, they are committed to providing a next-generation film for the Bad Boys. But they are mostly dumb and you never think they are capable of hacking the dark web and firing a rocket launcher.
The original “Bad Boys” was released in 1995, three years before Smith released his rap single “Miami.” Do you remember that? Many sequelae of prolonged pregnancy seem superficial and purposeless. I’m looking at you, “Terminator: Dark Fate”, hoping to recover a magic that belonged to a specific time and place. This not.