Welcome back everyone! This week’s Sequelthon entry comes from Movie Rob who was kind enough to review Michael Bay’s Bad Boys II. Check out his review below and be sure to head to his site for many more great reviews. Thanks Rob!
Thanks again to Damien for letting me take part in this Sequelthon!
“We ride together, we die together. Bad boys for life. ” – Mike
Number of Times Seen – 2 (22 Apr 2004 and 4 Mar 2016)
Brief Synopsis – Two Miami narcotics detective on the trail of a major ecstasy shipment get into more than they can handle when they realize who is behind it all.
My Take on it – Upon rewatching this movie, I was reminded why I hadn’t seen it again after 12 years.
Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of action movies that were made for the sole sake of making big chases, big explosions and of course HUGE stunts. I also want a bit of meat to the story.
Because this was made by Michael Bay, the first three characteristics that I mentioned above obviously are done in big fashion like he loves to do.
Unfortunately tho, the storyline is really lacking here.
The reuniting of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as partners is good because the two of them have pretty good chemistry together but the script wasn’t rigid enough for them to appear to be as comfortable with their characters as they did the first time around.
In the end, it feels too forced.
I think that part of the problem is the fact that it took them 8 years to decide to make a sequel and they lost the momentum that other franchises thrive on.
Most scenes are blown out of proportion and the explosions and chase scenes feel a bit too extraneous most of the time.
This is quite unfortunate, because I think that they could have made this one work much better than it does.
They even go overboard with the use of the Bad Boys Theme song to a point where that too got annoying.
Best scene tho is the boyfriend scene.
Too bad Tea Leoni isn’t in this one too, that definitely would have enhanced the storyline a bot because she really helped in the original.
Bottom Line – Not as good as the original. Seems to just be a typical Michael Bay action fest where the plot is a lot less important that the stunts and explosions. Smith and Lawrence DO have good chemistry together but it worked much better the first time around. In this one, it felt too forced. I suppose that can happen when you wait 8 years to make a sequel. Best scene is probably the boyfriend scene. Everything truly is blown out of proportion to make it a big blockbuster, but I think this movie doesn’t deliver as well as it should have. Even the song gets to be too much here because of its overuse.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Dennis Greene, who played Reggie, showed up for shooting, he was told by Martin Lawrence’s bouncer that he mustn’t look into Lawrence’s eyes or talk to him, and Lawrence himself was subsequently nasty to him. It was all a ploy arranged by Michael Bay who wanted the boy to be genuinely scared of Lawrence. Greene also wasn’t told about the gun that he would be threatened with. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)