Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with rating of the movie and a short overall thoughts.
On the docket today, the 3rd installment of the Will Smith/Martin Lawrence action comedy, Bad Boys For Life.
The writing: I had no expectations that I would be writing about how great the writing would be in this movie.
These writers make you invest into what is happening which is a rarity within an action/comedy film. Films like this tend to make lots of explosions, funny one liners and the good guys reign supreme.
Mike Lowry was likable but also he was one of those guys in the first two films that you could also hate to love. He was arrogant, cocky and just thought he was the shit. Let’s be real, he kind of was. But we saw some honest character development with Lowry. We saw a side of him we had yet to see. He was vulnerable. He was somewhat lost and for what seemed like the first time in his life, he felt like he wasn’t in control.
There were layers to Lowry which we had yet to see. We watched him progressively grow up and become more mature than we had ever seen before.
The ultimate story of being there for your friends/family no matter what, was a great underlining story of the movie as well.
Smith/Lawrence: 2019 was the return of Eddie Murphy, 2020 we see the return of the Will Smith we all love.
These two have amazing chemistry together and even with the 17 year difference between the films, nothing changed. It was like two best friends getting together and having a great time again.
You see the toll it took on the two of them from all the years of “fighting crime”, escaping death and it was hilarious to see the two of the fight like a grumpy old couple.
The whole concept behind Marcus being retired and Mike not wanting any part of his retirement was classic. It elevated an already funny dynamic the two of them had.
The supporting cast: So not only do we get the dynamic, we got some fun pieces added to the crew. Hudgens, Nunez, Ludwig and Melton were all great in their roles. They weren’t just tools within the cast. They were dynamic and the way their chemistry actually ended up working with Smith/Lawrence by the end of the film was fun.
The comedy: My goodness it was hilarious which was expected but man it was next level funny. I had to write down a few of these one liners that I caught while watching.
“Turn up, what are you twenty? You need to turn it off.”
“Good man, good man, what you gonna do.”
“Mike, you fucked a married witch.”
“How do you fuck a witch without a condom?”
The bad: My only nitpick of the film was the fact that the film was too long. The last 20 minutes of the film felt like an hour.
**** out of ***** gavels
2020 started out with several duds and this was what was needed to jump-start the year in film.
This movie was hilarious, heartwarming and told a great story from start to finish.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have amazing chemistry because of their off the camera relationship but they are just hilarious together.
The story worked, the action worked, the comedy work, the film as a collective whole just worked.
Should you see it?: YES! Just run, don’t walk. I hope they make like a hundred more of these.
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