Bad Boys for Life: Movie Review

Almost two decades after the release of its last sequel, "Bad Boys for Life" felt like it's a bad idea from the start. But the undeniable talent and chemistry between Will Smith and Martin Lawrence made this rather silly entry quite enjoyable and fun.

The tandem of Mike (Will Smith) and Marcus (Martin Lawrence) is about to end as Marcus is heavily considering retirement. Mike tries to convince him otherwise but when Mike is gunned down and almost dies, Marcus gets a reality check and forced to put his ideas on retirement on-hold as an unknown but relentless killer is out for revenge against Mike at all costs.
Gunning for the award as the sequel no one asked for, "Bad Boys for Life" knew what it was and aimed to make its very limitations its highlight. The end result is acceptable if not entertaining and not the total waste of time we anticipated it to be. But unsurprisingly, the biggest problem for this film was its story. Not so much that we expected quality writing but it was totally out of this world. It will have shocking revelations but these twists felt unnatural and forced and somewhat unnecessary. Outside that hurdle, the highlight for the film will be Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, and the extremely flashy action. The two actors had their A-games even after 17 years since they were a duo. Everything felt natural between the two actors and it even had some emotional moments. The action on the other hand will tickle your senses. It's definitely over-the-top but did not reach Michael Bay levels of silliness. It had the perfect mix of reality, comedy, and fun. We're not sure if this will breathe new life into the franchise. In fact, it's teasing a sequel. But we also didn't expect to like this as much as we did.
Rating: 3 reels

Why you should watch it:
- features the undeniable chemistry between Will Smith and Martin Lawrence
- the action sequences were a blast

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the story was a letdown
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