Bad Boys Reviews
"Whatcha gonna do?"
I'm not going to sit here and bash Michael Bay or anything like that because he's making movies the way he sets out to make them. It's not like he goes into these projects expecting to walk away with Oscar nominations and shit. He's just making high action, big effect type movies. Some people love em, some people hate em. That's exactly how it is with Bad Boys. There's a lot of people who love it and a lot of people who hate it. I wouldn't quite go as far as to say I completely hated it, but I will go as far as to say I thought it was bad and I didn't like it.
When $100 million worth of heroin is stolen from the Miami police department, two narcotic detectives are put on the case. Soon a murder occurs that is linked to the case and one witness survives, so they also have to protect her. That's basically the plot with a bunch of mumbling and bullshit thrown into it. For what reason, this movie runs on two hours, I have no idea. It seems to me like more than half of this movie should have been cut. I know that doesn't leave you with a feature length, so maybe adding some scenes that would make sense and add to the story would work. Oh, but that's not what Michael Bay is all about.
The movie is a lot of noise, a lot of gunfights, a lot of chases, and big body count. Now I'm not knocking it for that, but come on can throw in some sort of substance to go along with your big action scenes for gods-sake. The movie is a complete and utter mess, with cops that don't know what the fuck they are doing, and Martin Lawrence doing his whole schtick, and a plot that doesn't seem to have any direction in the middle.
So I didn't like the movie, but for it definitely has an audience. A lot of people love these mindless action movies and sometimes I do to. This just isn't one of those times. For how bad it is, it still manages to move fast and is sort of entertaining if only because of just how dumb it is. It's worth a look if you love explosions and worthy of a pass if you care about things like plot, characters, dialogue; you know, the stuff that actually makes movies good.
Then Michael Bay was attached and with more or less the same script, he turned it into this with Smith and Lawrence improving a majority of their lines.
So how is the movie? It's a mess, and action packed mess, but still a mess. If you haven't seen Bad Boys, I'd maybe check it out, but Bad Boys 2 is FAR superior.
Smith was still riding the popularity of his good boy Fresh Prince image by 1995, the year of this release. He wasn't yet a certified box office draw, as Independence Day was a year away. Lawrence had notoriety as a foul-mouthed comedian, and his career was just about to burst wide open as well. So the timing of Bad Boys was perfect. It solidified both these actors as movie stars who could draw an audience.
Then comes Michael Bay, a young, determined, and ambitious music video director who had already developed a style all his own. Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer's success seemed like they were the go to guys for action pictures. Hiring these three young talents was a great decision, as the film has the top three strengths going for it: great writing, great directing, and great acting. Bad Boys is total fun from beginning to end, and a stepping stone for three big Hollywood names who would go on to make some mad money.
Easy watching, not exactly gripping Action, but likeable.
Great cast, great soundtrack and awesome storyline with explosive sequences that just rock!
Smith Leoni, and Lawrence are brilliant!
Really worth a watch!
The really only suffering from the film is the fact that's a typical 90's film and it's not very hard to predict the happy ending. The film itself you'll find scenes that are dark and to hard too see and it's really just a typical action flick. There's honestly no real "Wow" factor to the plot or anything like so....
Overall: Why I think because there is no magic plot and it follows every typical action flick, it still is a four star moving, which tells you how well I enjoyed Will Smith and Martin Lawerences every scene. Great movie! Crazy action! Predictable but well worth the watch.
*PS: Im super hungover while writing this review so it may not turn out worded so great...but try to understand.. :-/