Movie Review: Bad Boys For Life

Smith and Lawrence hit the big screen one more time

by Arie Shaver, Reporter

Mike Lowry, played by Will Smith, and Marcus Burnett, played by Martin Lawrence, are brought back to the screen once again from the Bad Boys sequel Bad Boys 2 for another round of bullets, high-speed chases and stunts as they go after a stone-cold killer on a motorcycle. Lowry and Burnett return once again for a final battle with an assassin on a mission to get revenge for an old case.

Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the movie takes place 17 years after the last film, focusing this time on Lowry after he gets shot. However, Burnett refuses to help Lowry get his revenge and continues to set out to retire. In an effort to be a part of his own case, Lowry teams up with a new unit run by an ex-lover Rita, played by Paola Nunez. Then, with the surprising death of the police captain, Lowry and Burnett team up for one last showdown as they go after the leader of the Miami drug cartel.

One thing that never fails in the Bad Boys movies is the ridiculously hilarious bond between the two men, and the craziness that can be expected when watching them. Smith and Lawrence represent the perfect duo of old-school cops and shed light on the FBI in general. The way that their aging is portrayed in the movie goes along perfectly with the plot and honestly makes this movie one of the best in the series. From the casual mantra of “we ride together, we die together,” it was easy to get chills of excitement as they become bad boys one more time. The emphasis on the relationship between the two, and their designated song (Bad Boys’) meaning truly makes for a great film and warms the hearts of all those who watched it. 

However, fans of the movie were definitely disappointed with the disappearance of Lowrys “that’s how you ___” line. In the previous two movies, Lowry was always seen saying “that’s how you shoot,” or “that’s how you drive,” but this time the movie lacked that phrase in the film. Despite this, the perspective on the importance of family and the jaw-dropping plot twists in the film made up for it. 

Nothing can be lost with a Bad Boys film, and the movie was truly one of the best movies of 2020 so far. With an emphasis on character development, new and old relationships portrayed in a new light, shocking plot twists, and an action-packed ride, the movie truly deserved the applause that it got at the end and earns 5/5 stars.