Sunday, July 20, 2003

Bad Boys (1995)

Directed by Michael Bay
Produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer
Starring Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Tea Leoni, Tcheky Karyo, Joe Pantoliano, Theresa Randle, Marg Helgenberger
First of all, I hate Michael Bay.
Second, it’s odd that the sequel is just coming out since this movie plays as if it’s already a sequel, jumping into the characters’ lives as if we already know who they are and what their relationship is like. I guess they can do this since it’s such a retread of every cop movie ever made.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence were good casting because the movie that isn’t action sequences is pretty much a sitcom as they pretend to Tea Leoni that Martin is Will and Will is Martin, for no reason except that it’s funny. Oh, and I want to make very clear that the notion that some people have that Michael Bay movies are funny is very wrong. They think they’re very funny, but in fact they are not.
So Martin and Will wisecrack in such a way that it’s always clear that nothing very serious is ever going to happen and they can continue to bicker until the end of time. Lots of pretty cinematography, especially the opening shots of clouds rolling over Miami. Lots of choppy editing that keeps the story moving but is often very jarring and therefore, bad.
In conclusion, I hate Michael Bay.

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