Writing Movie “WRONGS”
By Jim West
Bad Boys for Life
Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah
Written by Chris Bremner, Peter Craig, and Joe Carnahan
It has been 15 years since the characters of Mike Lowrey ( Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) were welcomed by audiences worldwide back in 1995 in the first film of the Bad Boys Franchise. Injection of the typical buddy cop humor that was largely established by the previous king of buddy cop franchises, Lethal Weapon, but with Bad Boys they amped up the action and heavily banked on the rising star of Will Smith. Given the time that has passed for these characters and for the actors themselves, it would be easy to go down many clichés of growing old and retirement. Of course the film does walk those lines often, it does however offer fresh life into what I think is a stroke of genius in setting up the franchise to extend beyond just a trilogy. With that being said this film gets it right, and therefore this is a Writing a Movie ‘RIGHT’ review.
Here comes the spoilers.
Marcus is overjoyed and in tears at the birth of his first grandson and shortly afterwards decides to retire much to the dismay of Mike. At a party to celebrate him becoming a grandfather, he and Mike have a friendly foot race to determine if Marcus can retire or not. Yet the race is abruptly ended short when a assassin on a motorcycle guns down Mike in the streets. The film montages the ER scenes and bedside recovery scenes quite well before transitioning to present day wedding party where Marcus has announced his retirement. Against the orders of his Captain, Mike proceeds to conduct his own investigation into who tried to kill him. Eventually Mike has to be assigned as a consultant to the AMMO (Advanced Miami Metro Operations) division task force who is officially investigating the crime. This task force is a very young and tech driven group that is headed up by a former old flame of Mike’s which complicates matters a bit. As they track down clues and leads, Mike crosses paths with the assassin and during their fight they lock eyes and this si where the first clue to the killers identify comes to be foreshadowed.
Now that is all I will spoil for the film’s plot, but must say it is quite refreshing to see some steps in a direction I didn’t expect for this franchise. The humor is well written and audiences will respond quite favorably to this film. I thought about what scenes could have been written better or any plot holes left by the writers and I simply cannot find anything significant enough to warrant a rewrite or improvement. I always maintain that comedy is the hardest thing to write, and in this film as with other films in the franchise the humor always seems to fit the scenes. Honestly it is Martin Lawrence who carries the majority of the humor in these films and he does so with ease. The jokes are repeated a few times, but instead of feeling tired or boring they actually heighten the scenes later in the film.
The ending of the film leaves the audiences with a glimmer of what possibilities are ahead for this franchise and I must say it is quite exciting to think about. I look forward to what the Bad Boys do next.
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