Bad Boys II

Movie Reviews | Jul 18th, 2003

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Starring Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jordi Mollà, Gabrielle Union, Peter Stormare, Theresa Randle, Joe Pantoliano
Written By: Ron Shelton, Jerry Stahl
Directed By: Michael Bay

I liked the first movie because it was a funny buddy cop movie with ridiculous action, lots of cursing, and explosions. What more can you ask for in a summer movie? Bad Boys II is bigger, longer and uncut…hardy har har.

I was surprised to see all the bad reviews to this movie. I mean, how can you be so outraged with all the language, action, and gratuitous violence if you’ve seen the first movie and know what to expect? Is America becoming a bunch of tight ass prunes or something? Believe it or not, this movie can stand on it’s own and doesn’t need the first one to support it. Though the first one does help in developing the characters. The basic premise of the film is about the two cops, Mike and Marcus, of the Tactical Narcotics Team trying to take down a creepy and typical drug lord of an ecstasy drug ring. Marcus’ sister, Syd, is in undercover trying to take him down as well. Mike and Marcus try to kill the drug lord, if they don’t kill each other first. I thought the movie was good. Though I’m not so sure if it’s better than the first movie. Both are funny, and have hilarious action with people flying in the air and explosions of buildings.

I think Bad Boys II is funnier than the first movie and most of the jokes are coming from Martin Lawrence. I think he outshined Will Smith in this movie. The Fresh Prince is just there to look cool, and provide stupid slow-mo shots of him unloading his gun. Though what makes these movies so successful and great is the chemistry between Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Lots of the dialogue seemed improvised, and they can work off each other well. And it looks like they are having a blast making the movie. Just watch the behind the scenes of it on HBO or MTV. Another thing I liked about the movie was the camera shots. It was very dizzy to watch at times but it works for this style of movie. 2 shots that stand out in my mind in this movie. The one shot where Will Smith is against a wall, and the other side is a bunch of Haitian thugs and the camera just keeps spinning around.

That was really cool to see and I wonder how they filmed that. The other is what I’m calling the “panty cam”, because the shot was in a dance club and the camera was going under all these girls’ legs and you saw their panties and it was awesome!!! What do you think I would say? That it was exploiting women or something? I think not! I think what hurt the movie was how long it was. I think you could have cut out 15-20 minutes worth of scenes. Some scenes just seemed to be added in to get a laugh. For example, a young boy takes out Marcus’s daughter; Marcus and Mike come to the door as gangstas and put a gun to the kids head and frighten the hell out of him. I felt bad for the kid but I’m sure if I have a daughter and some kid is going to date her, I’d try to scare him first. Though that scene was funny, it wasn’t really necessary to the movie.

One thing that people complained about was the gore in this movie. I didn’t really have a problem with it and thought it was comical but I guess I have a sick sense of humor. Lots of dead bodies, heads popping off, and other gross stuff that felt almost monty-pythonish.You have to go into the movie and don’t think about reality or if something isn’t logical because you’ll just end up hating the movie a lot. Which this is..a movie, it’s not real life. If you enjoyed the first Bad Boys, you’ll really like the sequel!

Favorite Scenes: The highway chase scene was awesome, the mansion scene @ the end was cool too. I also like the camera work to the film, dizzy at times, but very well done.
Rating: R
Running Time: 148 minutes
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