Thanks to Paramount Pictures, we had the chance to see ‘Baywatch’ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
The plot centres around a team of lifeguards in Emerald Bay led by Mitch “The Rock” Buchannon (sharing the same name as the Hasselhoff character). After a fallen from grace Olympic swimmer Matt Brody (Efron) joins the lifeguard squad as a part of a plea deal, tensions rise within the squad. All the while drugs are being illegally smuggled into the bay by a club owner Victoria Leeds (Priyanka Chopra). Of course, it is up to the Baywatch squad to prove Victoria Leeds is behind the drug smuggling as the police are naive and unsuspecting.
Walking into “Baywatch” one knows not to except stellar acting, realistic scenarios or a believable script. Instead, one hopes for great action scenes, funny dialogue and an overall fun experience. The film doesn’t deliver any of these things. “Baywatch” is bad. Firstly, all of the jokes fall flat. The dialogue is terrible, not funny and the many “Dumb and Dumber” skit like scenes were very out of place and only garnered slight giggles from the audience.
These include a scene near the beginning of the film involving a wooden beach chair. If you have seen “There’s Something about Mary” it is a blatant copy of the “zipper” bathroom scene. This scene was really rushed and wasn’t comical/funny at all. Another scene includes Zac Efron wearing a dress as a disguise. The scene is over in about 3 minutes, again feeling forced, it wasn’t played out properly to have any comic effect.
The plot is clichéd and predicable and not in a tongue in cheek way. The film clocks in at just under two hours which is way too long!
On the positive side, given the mediocre script the acting was good. Zac Efron tried his best to bring some depth to his character and he had some good serious moments in the story. Dwayne Johnson had his usual charm and delivers what is expected from him as usual. Also, the relatively unknown other actors who are apart of the Baywatch squad were also good considering what they had to work with.
Overall, Baywatch is very frustrating. It is disappointing to see good beloved actors wasted on a terrible movie. Moreover, Efron has made bad film after bad film for the past few years now, hopefully he can re-deem himself with films like the upcoming “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.”
Baywatch – In Cinemas 1 June 2017