Bad Boys is my definitive buddy cop movie, so when I heard it was becoming a trilogy I was stoked to say the least. I was least enthusiastic when I heart Michael Bay want returning to direct the third entry of the franchise. Sure Bay has been getting some flak for his Transformer movies but the man knows action and hot two for two with Miami’s finest.
“Old-school cops Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett team up to take down the vicious leader of a Miami drug cartel. Newly created elite team AMMO of the Miami police department along with Mike and Marcus go up against the ruthless Armando Armas.”
The Boys are Back
Most of the cast returns except for Mike Lowrey’s girlfriends who can’t seem to stick around for more than one adventure. But then again one adventure with Mike maybe all one can handle. While the first two movies centered on the drug cartels of Miami, this one changes the game. It does make for a nice change of pace. It tries to keep things fresh, and that saying a lot in a movie that includes Will. The problem is it tries too hard sometimes. The plot isn’t what Bad Boys is about.
Bad Boys is about quippy one-liners, in your face action and mad car chases. The movie has all of that, updated for the new decade. However without Bays rotating camera, slow-moving helicopter shots it does lose a lot of its soul. However, where it lacks in flair it makes up for it in character development. I suppose that comes down more to Will’s acting skills rather than a well thought out script.
To Support or Not to Support
There are some new supporting cast introduced, however, they never resonate the way the previous two inter-changeable cops did. The banter that we got there was pure gold. These guys just feel like last-minute forced in polarized stereotypes. Sure it has a moment or two but on the whole, just feels forced.
The older returning cast however just feels right, feels like home. The captain, of course, takes the crown here, as always his talks with the boys are charismatic, to say the least. And the little returning throwback from the sequel is just that little fan service that puts that wry smile on your dial.
But, Whacha Gonna Do?
There is a lot wrong with the overall plot of the movie, however, it doesn’t stop this from being a fun movie. Bad Boys is the movie you kick back with your friends and enjoy it for what it is. It never tries to be more than that. It biggest drawcard will always be the beautiful chemistry between Mike and Marcus or more so the actors portraying them. Let us not forget their trademark captain.
This is still there, and seeing Will Smith and Martin Lawrence back together on screen after such a long hiatus, is worth the ticket price alone.
The first movie caught us by surprise, the second amped up the game. This one simmers it down a bit. Whether intentional or not it actually lines up with their in-universe growth. They older now, supposedly wiser. If this is ever only meant to be a trilogy, then a fitting end it is.