BAYWATCH (2017): The Things I Liked…

Baywatch (2017), Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson
Baywatch (2017), Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson

Random great one liners here and there are really the main highlight in the 2017 version of Baywatch.

Directed by Seth Gordon and starring Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra and Aexandra Daddario, this is a film that made me laugh mostly when I watched the trailer. It’s really unfortunate that Gordon’s movie happens to contain some seriously cringe worthy moments and dialogue. If by some chance you’re a fan of cringe, then you’re definitely in luck! I remember people complaining about Ed Sheeran’s cameo on Game of Thrones, but I’d like to add that David Hasselhoff’s appearance in Baywatch is probably far more awkward.

Am I crazy for thinking that the original Baywatch television series about a group of California lifeguards may have had a little more substance than this re-imagining? The first thing that disappointed me when the movie started is the lack of sufficient character back story. How else was I going to connect with them and become invested if I hardly know a thing about most of the key players. 

It had never occurred to me just how dissatisfied the Baywatch characters must have been with their own jobs. In Seth gordon’s movie, they appear to be so unhappy that they assume the roles of police officers. Isn’t that illegal? Did the TV series take things this far and I just didn’t notice? Generally, I know that this is a movie and things often have to be ‘bigger and better’ but for me it was definitely bigger and beyond ridiculous.

If I had to pick a favourite moment, in this film, I choose the beautiful fireworks display towards the end. That’s really it because the trailer proved better than the finished product. A far too common trend with comedies, it seems.

Watch it only if you absolutely must.

Happy Film Loving


6 thoughts on “BAYWATCH (2017): The Things I Liked…”

  1. You must learn the ways of the Force (of marketing). The dark side is strong… The best strategy I’ve found is to judge by director. Directors usually have a consistency to their works – most people either love or hate a director’s works pretty reliably, even if they don’t realize it. Whereas EVERY trailer attempts to portray its subject in the best light possible, knowing how you feel about a director’s previous works (if any) is usually a better barometer for how you’ll feel about a new work. At least it works for me

    1. The dark side is strong indeed. 😄 I didn’t think the movie would be amazing. I just didn’t know I’d be this disappointed. Seth Gordon did a great job with Horrible Bosses (2011) after all. That was reason enough to give him a chance with this movie. Great directors do have a certain consistency. There just aren’t that many great directors.

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