Tuesday, July 29, 2003

subtlety is not one of their finer points

I can't believe I'm about to say this but Bad Boys II is the most fun I've had at the movie theatres this whole summer. Finding Nemo is the safe, respectable choice (and it's just a great film, something which I can't say about BBII) but for sheer guilty pleasure kicks? Bad boys, bad boys.

Typically, I detest Jerry Bruckheimer's films with a passion - they're almost always completely overblown in a way that shoots past spectacle and lands squarely on obnoxious. Armaggedon is the best example I can think of, though, re-watching it the other day, I realized that it was one of the best un-intentional comedies since Starship Troopers but minus the subtle, fascist critique and pleasures of watching Doogie Howser get all SS on us.

With Bad Boys II though, I actually think it nailed spectacle just right and every bit of excess in the film (actually, now that I think about it, the whole film was excess) just adds more motion to this ridiculous ride you're put on for 2.5 hours. Is it dumb? Yup. Could it have used a LOT of editing? Hell yeah. Are there moments so egregiously over-the-top (morgue cadavers being decapitated by runaway cars for example) that you just sit there dumb-founded? Uh huh.

I mean, the whole "second ending", which takes place in Cuba feels so tacked on you kind of wonder if Bruckheimer and Michael Bay were going over the books, realized they still had $20,000,000 they hadn't spent yet and decided, "f-ck it, let's blow up a mansion in a a tropical locale."

This all said, I thought the film was a blast.

It's funny, exciting, entertainment, blah blah blah, all the qualities you'd want in a solid $8 popcorn movie and while you might leave thinking, "wow, that was dumb", you'd also be thinking, "it was fun though." Trust me. At the very least, sink a matinee into it but don't play the wimpy route and wait around for the DVD - why deny yourself one of the best times you're going to have for under 3 hours and $10?