‘Baywatch’ (2017, 15)

Is ‘Baywatch’ a film that deserves saving or is it better left at sea?

Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) is the hero of Emerald Bay and the leader of the Baywatch team, including Stephanie (Ilfenesh Hadera) and CJ (Kelly Rohrbarch). But, when new recruit and gold medallist swimmer Brody (Zac Efron) joins the team with Summer (Alexandra Daddario) and Ronnie (Jon Bass), Mitch’s patience is put to the test with the washed-up olympian, but they have to set their differences apart to combat an evil in the Bay, in the form of drugs baron Victoria Leeds (Priyanka Chopra).

So I went into this film not expecting much, but came out a lot happier than expected. The film wasn’t half bad, especially when you look at some of the frankly over-harsh reviews out there for ‘Baywatch’. I quite enjoyed myself and laughed at quite a few of the jokes (though I must admit some of them did fall a bit flat).

Let me set one thing straight — this is not a good film. It’s a complete cheese-fest and is almost a mick-take of itself, quite often poking fun at how over-exagerrated the whole thing is. However, there was a lot more ‘serious’ action in ‘Baywatch’ than I first anticipated; it starts off as expected with a lot of crude humour, but then by the ‘burning ship’ scene, it all gets very serious. The humour does pick up again towards the end of the second act and throughout the third, though there were some quite heartfelt scenes during the film.

I don’t really think its fair to criticise this film because the whole point of the movie is to be bad and be a mick-take of both itself and the original TV series before it (David Hasselhoff makes his obligatory cameo appearance) however there is a lot of cheesy americanised exaggeration and a lot of (hopefully on purpose) dodgy special effects.

Overall, ‘Baywatch’ is one of the best reboots I’ve seen in the while, and also quite a good laugh. Though the film itself isn’t the best, the plot, cast and whole idea is good, warranting a strong seven-out-of-ten.



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