It feels like this movie has taken forever to get to the big screen. I vaguely remember Wolgang Petersen being attached at one point in the early 2000’s. This was before ‘Superman Returns’. Before ‘Batman Begins’. And then there was that Times Square billboard in ‘I Am Legend’, teasing the possibility that the two most famous superheroes of all time would one day go toe to toe for our viewing pleasure.
1. A cushion. This movie is long.
2. Earplugs. This movie is loud.
3. A chastity belt for your eyes. This movie intends to do naughty things to your eyeballs.
4. Earmuffs. Earplugs won’t be enough. This movie is almost relentlessly LOUD.
Director: Reggie Rock Blythewood
Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Derek Luke, Orlando Jones
Release date: January 31 (US). The omens aren’t good, not with that ‘z’ in Boyz. Plus, it’s setting up an obvious joke that I shall steadfastly refuse to deploy. May contain crotch-rockets, belly-shovers, giggle-gas and spoilers…
Buddy movies are the comic book movies of the 80’s. When Walter Hill’s ’48 Hours’ proved a surprise hit in 1982, it spawned countless variations on the theme. The buddy movies of the 80’s are nearly always based around cops from different walks of life who become partners (‘Lethal Weapon’), or cops and criminals thrown together (‘Midnight Run’, yes technically he’s a bounty hunter, but that movie is awesome and I wanted to mention it!). But the formula dates back further. The earliest successful buddy movie (that I can think of) is Neil Simon’s ‘The Odd Couple’. It’s an easy formula, because all you need to do is put two completely different personalities together, have them clash, then find a common ground (in the case of the buddy cop movie, it’s always the villain) and as they work together towards their goal, they become friends.