Easily one of the worst comedies of 2017 so far.
Starring: Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron
Plot: Matt Brody is a former Olympic swimmer who wants to join an elite team of lifeguards led by the hulking Mitch Buchannon. Brody thinks he’s a shoo-in, but his casual attitude starts to instantly rub Mitch the wrong way. When drugs and a shady resort owner pose a threat to the bay, Mitch and Matt must put their differences aside to spring into action and save the day.
Remarks: I was quite excited to see how the famous Baywatch series would be translated into a feature film but after watching this movie, I realized the adaptation was everything I didn’t want it to be. Baywatch is an iconic TV show. There’s a reason it became one of the most popular series on TV. But this r-rated adaptation ruined the brand’s name completely.
The one thing I did think they got right was the casting. The Rock, Zac Efron and Priyanka Chopra did a fantastic job with their respective characters. Even the supporting cast of Kelly Rohrbach as CJ Parker, Ilfenesh Hadera as Stephanie Holden, Jon Bass as Ronnie Greenbaum and Alexandra Daddario as Summer Quinn brought something fresh to the table. The cast’s chemistry was great and saved the film from being an ultimate disaster. Sure, it’s far from an Oscar-winning performance, but the cast held their own.
A major issue I had with the film was the predictability of the story. It didn’t take long to guess exactly what was going to happen in the movie. The decision to make it an r-rated film was also a bizarre one for me. I’m all for a bit of adult humour but the excessive swearing and the dirty jokes went too far. It felt like most of the comedy was forced and that the writers resorted to toilet humour due to the weak script. The entire film made me cringe. Although it did get a few chuckles out of me, I can’t help but feel that it had the potential to be so better.
In the film’s opening credits, the film teases cameos by original Baywatch actors David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson but their scenes were incredibly disappointing. David at least had a bit of interaction with The Rock while Pamela didn’t even say a single word.
Although it would be silly to expect the world from a comedy based on the Baywatch franchise, I left the cinema extremely disappointed. However, if toilet humour is your thing and you’re keen to check out some gorgeous bodies in tiny swimsuits, this movie could be for you. For me, Baywatch is one of the most disappointing comedies of 2017.
Baywatch releases on the 2nd of June 2017.
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