Film | Baywatch – Review

Baywatch (2017)

Plot – Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon butts heads with a brash new recruit, as they uncover a criminal plot that threatens the future of the bay – Baywatch.

Director – Seth Gordon

Starring – Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario

Genre – Comedy | Action | Crime

Released – 2017

Filmmakers have found recently that nostalgia can bring in the big bucks at the cinema, meaning every year we will be treated to at least a couple of reboots and re-imaginings of hit shows and movies from yesteryear. In 2017 it was time for the campy TV series Baywatch to get the big-budget Hollywood makeover, a show I vaguely remember watching in the 90s, that got the Hollywood makeover, yet following the success of 21 Jump Street and the enjoyment that movie game me, I was willing to give this film a shot.

(L-R) Dwayne Johnson as Mitch Buchannon and Zac Efron as Matt Brody in BAYWATCH by Paramount Pictures, Montecito Picture Company, FlynnPicture Co., and Fremantle Productions

Just as you’d expect, Baywatch is packed full of stupid humour, eye candy and over the top action sequences as a group of lifeguards trying to solve a murder case and stop drugs from washing up on their beach. The movie knows the plot is ridiculous and is smart enough to make jokes about this. The problems, however, come from the paper-thin plot that no amount of beautiful men and ladies running in slow-motion can make up for.

(L-R) Ilfenesh Hadera as Stephanie Holden, Kelly Rohrbach as CJ Parker and Alexandra Daddario as Summer in the film BAYWATCH by Paramount Pictures, Montecito Picture Company, FlynnPicture Co., and Fremantle Productions

Now I know Baywatch is a movie that isn’t meant to be taken seriously, and there is fun to be had. The cast is entirely likeable, and the chemistry between Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron was enjoyable. Likewise, Alexandra Daddario and Kelly Rohrbach embraced the preposterous nature of the plot and rose above the bikini beauties’ stereotype that the TV show was famous for. Additionally, Priyanka Chopra clearly had a great time playing the film’s villain. The fun factor also translated to the well-shot action sequences, with gunfights, burning yachts and all manner of exciting events popping up throughout, you’re never likely to become bored for long, just don’t expect the plot to make a great deal of sense and much in the way of originality. Overall, Baywatch with its likeable cast, entertaining repetitive humour, and a campy concept is a fairly fun yet forgettable summer movie.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

If you liked: Ride Along, Bad Boys, Bad Neighbours


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