Bad Boys opens with a well-planned heroin robbery. After the successful heist involving decoy cops and elaborate plans, a whole lot of heroin was stolen. The movie then cuts to the main duo, Marcus and Mike, two police officers in the Miami area. When the pair finds out that the heroin that was stolen was from their best bust in the past, the two begin tracking down clues to catch those who stole the drugs.
Mike Lowrey is a narcotics detective in Miami and he is a no-nonsense detective. Mike has to constantly prove himself due to the fact that he comes from wealth and has to show that he isn’t just “playing cop.” He’s very quick-witted, smart, and good with a gun. Marcus Burnett is Mike’s partner. Marcus is generally a pretty good detective though less smooth than Mike. Marcus is also a family man who constantly is trying to protect his family. Marcus can also be very sarcastic and has a good banter with Mike.
Bad Boys was an interesting movie to me. I can’t tell too much if I liked this movie or not. It had aspects I enjoyed, but then at the same time, they took some of these aspects too far. The characters were all great, but some of their interactions felt too much. The plot was solid, and I enjoyed the crime aspect of it. And the length of the movie didn’t really dampen the enjoyment either, even if the movie was two hours long.
The one aspect I enjoyed about this movie were the characters. Mike and Marcus as leads in this movie was fun to watch, especially seeing their relationship blossom throughout the movie. They were well-written characters and I enjoyed seeing their interactions with the world around them. I also enjoyed seeing their dynamic together. For the most part, they were quite balanced. However, there were a good number of times where the dialogue between the two got too much for me. Some of the arguments felt too long or unnecessary. Another aspect that I didn’t enjoy so much was the relationship between Marcus and his wife. I guess the thing that bothered me the most was how unsympathetic she was to Marcus being a cop. I would assume if you married a cop, you should understand that there will be times when he won’t be home or will have to stay at the office for extra work. Another aspect that I did enjoy was the comedy. There was a good amount of humor throughout the movie that helped it move along. The plot was also pretty good. There were a few twists at the beginning that I didn’t expect to see. It held my attention for most of the two hours, but there were a few scenes that seemed to be dragged a bit too long.
Overall, Bad Boys was a good movie then. The characters and the comedy are nice, but there were some instances where it seemed to be too much. If you have two hours to spend, this isn’t too bad of an investment to watch this movie.
The Bad Boys movies hold a special place as being two of the first R-rated films that I ever watched. Now while personally, I prefer the sequel this movie is still a fun buddy cop action movie. By far the best part of this film and the sequels is the chemistry between Will Smith as Mike Lowrey and Martin Lawrence as Marcus Burnett. The way they bounce off of each other is always funny and while the bickering partners set up is nothing new it is really well executed here especially the way that Mike and Marcus can switch from angry at each other to being best friends again at the flip of a switch. The other supporting characters are written well for the most part with Julie and the captain of their department being particularly memorable. The plot about the stolen heroin is pretty straightforward and nothing too special but it is simple to follow which is good. The action scenes are the other highlight of this film as there are numerous fun action scenes and chases that bring you everything you want from gunfights, car chases, and explosions while the protagonists argue of course. The ending in particular is a really action-packed finale that ends the movie on a high note. If I had any criticisms about this film is that it lost my interest at parts and sometimes took a bit to get me back into it.
All in all, this is a really fun action movie with two great leads and some cool action scenes and while it’s not my favourite of the franchise I would still recommend it!
Bad Boys is a perplexing movie for me. There are certain things that it does so well, and there are certain things that it does a bad job of. That reason alone made it tough to rank, but let’s jump into the good first.
The characters are really solid, both the wiring and the acting. Our main protagonists are great, and some of the side characters just built that dynamic Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett have a great buddy-cop type of relationship, but the thing that stuck out to me was the depth of the relationship. It shines through in a few particular scenes, but Marcus and Mike are a lot more than just co-workers. They see each other as family. This relationship depth allows for a pretty smooth transition between humorous scenes and more serious, emotional moments. Mike and Marcus combine to be the shining point of this movie, and also one of the best big screen cop duos.
While I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and that side of things, I really wish this was an hour and a half. Based on the amount of content in the plot and the way things progress, this could have been a much more entertaining movie if shortened. There are plenty of moments where I was immersed in the movie, either laughing or enjoying some awesome action, but there is also plenty of moments where scenes feel like they are being dragged out. It makes the movie feel slow, and although it comes in at just under 2 hours, I thought it was too long.
The action in this movie is great, and the ending is perfect. More scenes like that and less fluff would have made for a great comedy/action movie. Regardless, Bad Boys is still a good movie and a movie that you need to watch to understand the much better sequels.
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