I had never seen either Bad Boys
or Bad Boys 2
before, and normally I stay away from crap like that, but after seeing a montage of Michael Bay's "Bayhem," I just had to see just how bad these could be.
I was not disappointed. These are, hands down, the most spectacular bad films ever made. I mean they are horrible beyond belief: bad acting, bad stories, bad characters, nothing makes sense, the structure is bad, there's no logic... it's so all over the map, you can throw your GPS away. Horrendously awful.
But Bay and his crew do great work. This is very, very intricate photography of the sort you normally only see on high-end car commercials (of which Bay did a lot before he got into features). You definitely have to turn your brain off before the movies start, but there were a few shots in these films so fantastic, I had to stop, go back, and watch them again just to yell "WTF!" at the screen. Incredible camera moves, precise focus, perfect exposures, very complex color schemes, deep shadows, just amazing work.
Don't get me wrong. To paraphrase Roger Ebert: these are horrible, horrible, horrible
movies. But I gotta say, if you're a fan of cinematography, they're worth watching. Legendary colorist Stefan Sonnenfeld did the second film, and there's a million really intense looks that jump right out of the screen. The car crashes in the second film are exhausting to the point of an orgasmic frenzy of glass breaking and metal shrieking, like the Blues Brothers
times a thousand. And I'm guessing the entire Cuban army perishes in the last 20 minutes of the film (if I'm not giving too much away), but it's simultaneously funny and horrifying, but never boring.
is not yet available in Blu-ray, but there is an HD version up on Sony Picture's HD download service, and it looked OK to me. Be warned it's fill-frame 1.78, so it's somewhat panned & scanned (being anamorphic 2.40), but they did an excellent job with it. BB1
's mix blew my speakers out, but BB2
was very well-balanced throughout.
These are perfect examples of movies I would never, ever pay to see in a theater, but I enjoyed them in a detached, technical sort of way, only because Bay is such a brilliant, visual guy and such an empty-headed, horrible filmmaker. It's like a restaurant that serves you crap soup, crap burgers, pee-infested coffee, and moldy bread, and then follows it up with a great dessert. It's like 10% of a great meal... if you can only forget the 90% that surrounds it.