Film: “Bad Boys For Life”; Cast:Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Paola Nunez, Kate Del Castillo, Nicky Jam, Joe Pantoliano, Theresa Randle, Bianca Bethune, Jacob Scipio; Direction: Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah; Rating: ** (two stars)
A typically frothy, buddy-cop drama, “Bad Boys For Life” is the third edition of the franchise, which started way back in 1995.
This film picks up in real-time, 17 years after the events of the previous film with nearly the entire cast, which is wonderful. It also introduces a new team, which adds dimensions to the protagonists’ character with the family-and-friend track. These new aspects in turn add an emotional weightage to the viewing experience.