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BAD BOYS FOR LIFE (2020): The Things I Liked…

Bad Boys For Life (2020), Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Bad Boys For Life (2020), Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Sony Pictures Entertainment

I’m really glad that Will Smith and Martin Lawrence waited for a decent script before finally saying yes to making Bad Boys For Life. Especially since the long awaited sequel to the Bad Boys franchise is a fun action packed experience. 

Started in 1995 with Bad Boys and followed by 2003’s Bad Boys II – both directed by Michael Bay, the script for this latest instalment makes good use of Smith and Lawrence’s great chemistry and comic timing.

Much of the humour in Bad Boys For Life comes from the way both detectives Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) approach the fact that they’re now much closer to middle age than the rookies they once were. These very welcome humorous moments are balanced with visually impressive action sequences and the genuine brotherly bond between Burnett and Lowrey.

In terms of my engagement levels as the movie played, the way directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah captured the story kept my full attention almost throughout. Whether it was the energy, look and feel, filming style or the dialogue, I was right there and focused.

The only part of Bad Boys For Life that I found myself not fully on board with is the way the story is wrapped up after the films biggest revelation. For me, that last quarter of the movie was the weakest part because I didn’t quite buy how it played out as it felt a tad forced. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t say it’s reason enough not to see it because Bad Boys For Life really is fun, especially for fans of the previous films and the great comic duo that is Smith and Lawrence.

Lastly,  I’m definitely not a petrol head but that stunning blue car, the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S is quite the beauty. Looking at it against the Miami backdrop was a definite treat.

Happy Film Loving

G

THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (2019): The Thing I Liked…

The Knight Before Christmas (2019), Vanessa Hudgens, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Netflix
The Knight Before Christmas (2019), Vanessa Hudgens, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Netflix

The Knight Before Christmas, a story about a medieval English knight who is magically transported to the present day where he meets the love of his life is exactly what I expected.

It’s a movie I liked almost purely for the Christmas-rich visuals. Everything else was tolerable just so I could enjoy that beautiful Ohio town and live in Hudgens’s character’s very well decorated house. 

I did definitely pay full attention throughout – but generally, The Knight Before Christmas is romantic, Christmassy, dare I say – silliness for incredibly non-taxing viewing. It was perfect for unwinding after my very busy week. 

Why not give it a chance and let it relax you if you’re especially curious and ready for Christmas? 

Happy Film Loving

G

BAD BOYS FOR LIFE (2020): Trailer 2 Starring Will Smith, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, MARTIN LAWRENCE…

Bad Boys For Life (2020), Will Smith, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Bad Boys For Life (2020), Will Smith, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Bad Boys For Life (2020).


Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah; the second trailer for Bad Boys For Life. a.k.a. Bad Boys 3 starring Will Smith, Vanessa Hudgens, Martin Lawrence and Alexander Ludwig just landed…

I’m in for the humour, nostalgia, how young Will Smith continues to look, the beautiful locations and definitely that arresting blue Porsche. What a stunner!

Sharon Pfeiffer, Jennifer Badger, Charles Melton, Kate del Castillo, Paola Nuñez, Joe Pantoliano, Happy Anderson and Maria Z. Wilson also star.

Bad Boys For Life Release Dates: January 17th, 2020 (US); January 24th, 2020 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

G

SECOND ACT (2018): The Things I Liked…

Second Act (2018), Jennifer Lopez, STX Entertainment
Second Act (2018), Jennifer Lopez, STX Entertainment

As a fan of the two Jennifer Lopez romance / comedies, The Wedding Planner (2001) and Maid In Manhattan (2002) the news of Second Act, a brand new movie in the same genre and starring Lopez was something I simply had to see.

Set in New York City (of course!) and directed by Peter Segal, Second Act is about an underestimated retail worker who reinvents her life and her life-story, leading to her finally landing her dream job and more.

Even though Second Act is similar to the other Lopez romance / comedies mentioned – in a few ways, there’s still a difference or two that I didn’t see coming. Generally, I enjoyed the humour and watching the dynamic between the three main female characters. The fact that Leah Remini and Lopez happen to be close friends in real life somehow only added to my experience of this movie.

Other personal highlights include the way Lopez and Vanessa Hudgens were styled, the New York City setting plus the wise and very accurate wisdom shared at the very end.

Watch Second Act especially if you like Lopez and the two Lopez movies mentioned. Segal’s film is definitely a little different in a good way; and who knows, perhaps you may even prefer it. Maid In Manhattan and The Wedding Planner remains my favourites.

Happy Film Loving 

G

THE PRINCESS SWITCH (2018): New Trailer From Vanessa Hudgens, Nick Sagar, Suanne Braun, Sam Palladio…

The princess Switch (2018), Vanessa Hudgens, Vanessa Hudgens
The princess Switch (2018), Vanessa Hudgens, Vanessa Hudgens

A week before Christmas, a Chicago baker meets a soon-to-be princess who looks exactly like her. They decide to trade places and before too long, they get more than comfortable in their new lives.

Directed by Mike Rohl; the key cast of The princess Switch includes Vanessa Hudgens, Nick Sagar, Suanne Braun, Sam Palladio…

As clichéd and overly cheesy as this clearly is, I’ll probably still watch it because the Christmas season is a time for cheesy, romantic movies that ‘I couldn’t possibly…’ during other times of the year.

Sam Palladio, Nick Sagar, Mark Fleischmann and Adi Gheo also star.

The Princess Switch Release Dates: November 16th, 2018 (US)…

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G

SECOND ACT (2018): New Trailer From Jennifer Lopez, Milo Ventimiglia, Vanessa Hudgens, Leah Remini…

Second Act (2018), Jennifer Lopez
Second Act (2018), Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez, Milo Ventimiglia, Vanessa Hudgens and Leah Remini are the stars of new romance / comedy Second Act.

Directed by Peter Segal, Lopez plays a retail worker who reinvents her life / life-story and shows Madison Avenue what street smarts can do…

Two of my favourite romantic comedies (The wedding Planner (2001) and Maid In Manhattan (2(002) star Jennifer Lopez. Hopefully this will be another favourite to add to the list, regardless of the obvious similarities to the maid In Manahattan story.

Charlyne Yi, Freddie Stroma and Treat Williams also star.

Second Act Release Dates: November 21st, 2018 (US); November 30th, 2018 (UK)…

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Second Act (2018)

Happy Film Loving

G