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Bad Boys Prove They’re Still the Box Office Kings: A Bad Boys: Ride or Die Review

Bad Boys Prove They’re Still the Box Office Kings: A Bad Boys: Ride or Die Review

Miami’s finest are back, and boy, are they ever! Bad Boys 4 has triumphantly revived the summer box office, proving critics wrong and demonstrating that the franchise duo still has the magic formula to get audiences off their couches and into theaters. Despite many critics predicting that the film wouldn’t do well due to the controversy surrounding Will Smith’s Oscar slap, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return in top form with Bad Boys: Ride or Die, proving that their on-screen chemistry is as explosive as ever.

About Bad Boys: Ride or Die

The film throws us back into the heart of the action with Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) on a mission that’s both personal and perilous. When their late police captain is linked to a dangerous drug cartel, the boys have to clear his name while dodging bullets and cracking wise. The plot may be familiar territory, but the fun is all new. Directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah crank the action sequences up to eleven, delivering heart-stopping car chases and meticulously choreographed shootouts that will have you glued to your seat.

Bad Boys: Ride or Die Directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah
Bad Boys: Ride or Die Review
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – JUNE 2 (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Directors Adil El Arbi (R) and Bilal Fallah attend the Brussel premiere of Columbia Pictures “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” at the Kinepolis Brussels cinema on June 2, 2024 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Kris Van de Sande for Sony Pictures)

Of course, the heart of the Bad Boys franchise has always been the hilarious banter between Smith and Lawrence. Thankfully, they haven’t missed a beat. Their comedic timing is flawless, and their playful insults had the audience roaring with laughter throughout the film. There’s a touch of nostalgia too, as we see a slightly older Mike and Marcus grappling with the realities of aging while still clinging to that youthful recklessness. It’s a relatable theme that adds a layer of depth to the characters we know and love.

Critics who predicted the film’s demise were sorely mistaken. Bad Boys: Ride or Die is a summer blockbuster done right. It’s a perfect blend of action, comedy, and heart that reminds us why we fell in love with these characters in the first place. While other summer films like The Fall Guy and Furiosa floundered, Bad Boys delivered the goods, proving that moviegoers still crave a good old-fashioned popcorn flick.

Social Media’s MVP of Bad Boys: Ride Or Die

But the real surprise of the film came from Dennis McDonald (Reggie). Fans were shocked by his incredible scenes, showcasing a different side of his character. This time around, we saw Reggie in a whole new light. His extensive training for the role paid off, delivering a powerful and memorable performance. Many on social media are calling McDonald the MVP of Bad Boys 4, praising his versatility and dedication to the role. During a podcast interview with 7PM In Brooklyn, Smith and Lawrence explain how much McDonald prepared to return as Reggie in Bad Boys: Ride or Die

“That dude was training seven days a week with military people [and] martial artists. “

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Will Smith, too, deserves major credit for the film’s success. He’s been on a media blitz unlike any other celebrity. From surprising fans and watching the film with them to giving extensive interviews to black media outlets who often get overlooked, Smith and the entire Bad Boys cast were on a mission to fill theater seats. Their commitment to the fans and the franchise is evident, and it has paid off spectacularly.

Bad Boys, Bad Boys whatcha gonna do? What’s next for the franchise?

With the runaway success of this Bad Boys installment, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a Bad Boys 5 in the works. However, some fans have taken notice of Martin Lawrence’s health. His movements on screen suggest he might not be able to perform at the same high level in future films. With that in mind, many fans are speculating that Dennis McDonald and the impressive newcomer Jacob Scipio could be the new faces of a Bad Boys 5, if the studio decides to continue the franchise.

Bad Boys 4 is a thrilling, action-packed film that not only defies the odds but also sets the stage for an exciting future for the franchise. Whether or not Bad Boys 5 comes to fruition, the latest installment has undoubtedly cemented its place as a summer blockbuster success.

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Pros

Outstanding Performances: Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s chemistry remains top-notch, delivering the humor and action fans expect.

Dennis McDonald's Breakout Role: McDonald, as Reggie, shocked fans with his incredible scenes, showcasing a different side of his character. His extensive training for the role paid off, earning him the MVP title from many fans.

High-Energy Action: The film delivers thrilling action sequences that keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Engaging Storyline: The plot is well-paced and engaging, keeping viewers hooked from start to finish.

Will Smith's Media Engagement: Smith’s proactive media rounds, including surprise fan screenings and promoting black media outlets, significantly boosted the film’s outreach and audience engagement.

Comedic Timing: The comedic timing of Smith and Lawrence adds an extra layer of entertainment to the film, enhancing the overall viewing experience.

Cons

Physical Performance of Martin Lawrence: Some fans noted changes in Lawrence’s physical performance, likely due to age and possible health issues, which slightly impacted his action scenes.

Underutilization of Female Characters: Female characters are sidelined in favor of the male leads, missing opportunities for more diverse and impactful storytelling.

Underutilization of Smaller Media Outlets: While not directly related to the film's quality, the studio missed an opportunity to garner additional media coverage from small to medium-sized outlets.

Underutilization of Smaller Media Outlets: While not directly related to the film's quality, the studio missed an opportunity to garner additional media coverage from small to medium-sized outlets. Limited Exploration of Past Characters: Some fans may feel disappointed by the lack of screen time or development given to returning characters from previous films, missing out on potential nostalgia and depth in the storyline.

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