Directed By: Michael Bay
Written By: George Gallo
I know many people with very strong feelings about Michael Bay, and I understand their point. His movies are generally lacking in substance and overloaded with special effects. The way I see it though, is that really a bad thing all of the time? Don’t we sometimes need eye-popping spectacles that we don’t have to think about? I don’t like all his movies and I am against his decision to produce remakes of classic films that should be left alone, but I am still a fan on a certain limited basis. This movie is a perfect example of why I like him actually. Bad Boys is never going to be called a classic or anything but it’s cool, it’s fun, and it’s exciting.
This was Michael Bay’s first featured film and I think he made a great movie. He has a great imagination for action and he is also very stylish. Style is important in any mindless action film because the stars must look cool when they are kicking ass. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are both very funny and have great chemistry on-screen. I think it’s their performances, in which they improvised much of the dialogue, that save this movie from making Michael Bay’s debut film a failure. Had it gone originally as planned with Dana Carvey and Jon Lovitz in the lead roles I can assure you of this much, it wouldn’t be on my movie rack and I wouldn’t be reviewing it now. This movie almost seems like a footnote in the very successful career of Will Smith, but I think it was vital to his career. This movie proved Will Smith could manage as an action star as the era of Schwarzenegger and Stallone came to an end. It propelled his career in many ways and launched him into the big times. Joe Pantoliano is also very funny as the police captain, he works well with Smith and Lawerence. Tea Leoni is awful, but maybe my opinion is bias, I tend to think she is awful in everything. There are brief appearances by Michael Imperioli and Kim Coates, who I mention because I am a fan of both The Sopranos and Sons of Anarchy.
This movie is great because it’s nonstop, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are literally either being funny, or they are kicking ass during the whole film. Yeah you have to suffer through an awful tea leoni as the damsel in distress with her bad acting stinking up the movie, but it’s worth it in the end. This movie is more than worth your time, in fact it’s something I think you should make a special effort to see if you haven’t already. It’s a little vulgar if you have a problem with profanity but hence the R rating. Movies seem to be afraid to be vulgar these days because they want the higher ticket sales that come with a PG-13 rating. I think this is a mistake, sometimes we need vulgarity. If we can’t enjoy R rated films as adults then where is the fun in being grown up?
This is a man’s movie. I love Will Smith just as much as the next guy and I find him and Martin Lawrence extremely funny together. This is one of those thinkless movies that is just fun to watch. Sit back and enjoy the ride. I actually think the second one is my favorite, but I will talk more about that one when we get there. On another note, my step-father’s name is Mike Lowery. How is that for ironic?
NEXT MOVIE: Bad Boys II (2003)