You wanna know my favorite part of the story that Borys Kit ran regarding the now-officially-in-development “Bad Boys III” this morning?
It’s this paragraph:
“The ‘Boys’ movies feature Smith and Lawrence as Miami detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, caught up in cases involving car chases and explosions.”
Borys, there is no finer way to sum up the appeal of the films than that, and I thank you for the precision of that description. “Cases involving car chases and explosions,” indeed.
I’m not the world’s biggest Michael Bay fan, but I dearly love “Bad Boys II.” In fact, I think it’s the high point on his filmography, and one of the most savagely reprehensible giant-budget action films of all time. It is absolutely without any moral compass, and that’s sort of fascinating to watch. As stories go, “Bad Boys II” is wafer-thin, particularly bizarre considering how good the writers were that they threw at the movie. Jerry Stahl. Ron Shelton. Seriously talented guys there.
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I don’t know that we need a “Bad Boys III,” but if they’re going to do it, I assume all the main players would need to come back. Without Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Michael Bay all participating, I don’t think it would be a “Bad Boys” movie. These are not films about narrative… they’re about excess and bad behavior and, yes, pure unfiltered Bayhem.
Say what you will about the “Transformers” movies, but they both feel to me like Bay has his hands tied when he’s working in the PG-13 realm, like he’s always straining to get filthy and remembering that he can’t. When he’s unleashed, as he was with “Bad Boys II,” the results are jaw-dropping. There’s nothing recognizably human about the behavior of any of the main characters in the film, and the entire thing makes you wonder if this is supposed to be a cop film about what happens when you give sociopaths badges.
And, yet, in a world where we have games like the “Grand Theft Auto” series, it is refreshing to see an action movie that acknowledges that sometimes, we just want to see people do terrible, spectacular damage to one another.
I haven’t read anything by Peter Craig, but this is the second big assignment that I hope he gets right. He’s also adapting “Cowboy Bebop” as a feature, and that’s such a great original piece of material that I hope he’s a wonderful, smart, subtle writer who can build great and unique set pieces. But for “Bad Boys III,” I hope he can also tap into that 13-year-old-with-poor-role-models vibe, all cranked up on sugar and caffeine and whippets. That’s what made the second one such a filthy, filthy pleasure, and nothing less than that will be acceptable if this one ever ends up in front of a camera.
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