A “fancy, animated yarn” about a gang of criminal animals in LA, DreamWorks’ latest is like a “U-rated movie.” Reservoir Dogs” with a bit Ocean’s Eleven and an interjected phrase from Dostoyevsky, said Ed Potton The times. Borrowing from Aaron Blabey’s graphic novels, it features a voice cast including Sam Rockwell, who portrays George Clooney as the suave leader of the gang, Mr. Wolf, comedian Marc Maron as the “sardonic, safe-cracking” Mr. Snake, and Awkwafina channeled as an experienced hacker, Ms Tarantula (aka “Mata Hairy”).
First, the gangsters provide “a great advertisement for criminal misconduct,” pulling off stunning heists and escaping effortlessly “while nodding along to Daniel Pemberton’s fabulous ghetto soundtrack.” But when they are caught in the act of a particularly daring heist, they are forced to submit to a rehabilitation program run by guinea pig philanthropist Professor Marmalade (Richard Ayoade). Then, while doing a good deed for an old lady, Mr. Wolf “discovers” “the lure of the straight and the narrow”, and the real trouble begins.
The Bad Boys be “cheerful and entertaining,” Guy Lodge said in diversity. But its villains, “while fun to hang out with,” aren’t “overly easy to care for” and the dialogue isn’t as “refined” as it could be. Screenwriter Etan Cohen resorts to “single-generation easy laughs,” Robbie Collin said in The Daily Telegraph: “Clooney jokes for the parents, green gas clouds for the kids”. But on the bright side, The Bad Boys is pleasing to look at, with a more cartoonish, hand-drawn feel than is common in digitally animated feature films. “As simple Easter holiday fun, it gets the job done.”
https://www.theweek.co.uk/arts-life/culture/film/956364/film-review-the-bad-guys The Bad Guys film review: an attractive animated crime thriller for children