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BAYWATCH (2017): The Thing 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 unfortunate foe me that Gordon’s movie contains some seriously cringe worthy moments and dialogue. If you like that sort of thing then you’re in luck! I mean, people complained about Ed Sheeran’s cameo on Game of Thrones but David Hasselhoff’s appearance in Baywatch felt far more awkward, for me.

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 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 really 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 have to be ‘bigger and better’ but for me it was definitely bigger and more ridiculous.

If I had to pick a favourite moment, in this movie, 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

G

THE LAYOVER (2017): It’s, Erm…

The Layover (2017), Alexandra Daddario, Matt Barr, Kate Upton
The Layover (2017), Alexandra Daddario, Matt Barr, Kate Upton

In The Layover, two best friends played by Kate Upton and Alexandra Daddario end up competing for the affections of a man they meet on a road trip. Personally speaking, I immediately had issues with the film’s premise because I myself would never, ever… However, I did – just in time remember that the movie wasn’t about me and my ‘would never evers,’ so I carried on watching.

I’m not going to lie, I expected more than what I got; a truth that’s of course my own fault. Reason being, I’d seen the trailer and I made the mistake of assuming that William H. Macy, an actor who’s been in a number of my favourite movies – Magnolia (1999) to name just one, and often played very interesting complex characters was going to direct a movie with similar qualities. I unfortunately would not call The Layover complex. As for interesting, that depends on what you’re into.

Those who really ‘like’ Upton and Daddario are the ones likely to enjoy this film. I smiled at certain points but certainly didn’t laugh much. I’ve only ever seen Upton in one movie, The Other Woman (2014), a film in which she plays a relatively sweet and innocent twenty something year old. Perhaps it’s partly because of that memory of Upton the actress that I found it odd sounding and challenging to buy the expletives that were flying out of her character’s mouth.

The avid movie watcher will likely guess how the story will end before they even start watching. There’s an overall forced feeling about this film, particularly in regards to the emotional and romantic moments. Don’t make my mistake and tune in with expectations based on Macy’s previous acting work. Big fans of Upton and Daddario… enjoy, I guess?

Happy Film loving

G

THE LAYOVER (2017): New Trailer From Alexandra Daddario, William H. Macy, Kate Upton…

The Layover (2017), Alexandra Daddario, Kate Upton
The Layover (2017), Alexandra Daddario, Kate Upton

The Layover is a new comedy starring Alexandra Daddario, Kate Upton and William H. Macy. With Macy also directing, the story centres around two friends who go on a road trip and end up fighting over a handsome guy they meet…

I’m tuning into this one because I’m open to a few seemingly cheap laughs. Who knows, maybe there’ll be more to this movie than I ever imagined. I’ll be OK if there isn’t because I’m curious about Mr. Macy as a director. He’s an actor I’ll always appreciate thanks to Magnolia (1999), one of my absolute favourites.

The Layover Release Dates: August 3rd, 2017 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

G

 

THE CHOICE (2016): The Thing I Liked…

The Choice (2016), Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer
The Choice (2016), Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer

If you’re a movie fan, you know who Ryan Gosling is. If you know who Ryan Gosling is, then you’ve probably at least heard of The Notebook (2004) – that hugely romantic movie loved by lovers of love, all over. And, if you’ve heard about the notebook, you may know that Nicholas Sparks is the writer. I’ve seen The Notebook once and it was a great experience. I cried like many who may or may not admit to doing so. Today actually isn’t really about the The Notebook. It’s about the The Choice (2016), the latest of Sparks’s books to be adapted into a movie.

Starring Teresa Palmer, Benjamin Walker and Alexandra Daddario, The Choice is unfortunately not the greatest of Nicholas Sparks’s movies. There may have been one or two very brief moments where my disbelief may have been completely suspended, but overall, most of the time I was only too aware that I wasn’t just watching a movie – but I was watching one and thinking, ‘wow, this really isn’t very good.’

The Notebook is in no way everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ but can it be accused of being unconvincing as far as some of the acting goes? Can it also be accused of containing romantic dialogue that feels forced and inauthentic? I don’t think so.

I tuned in to The Choice because the mood for a romantic movie hit. By the end of the film, the only real great thing I could find about the experience is that the location where it’s shot is beautiful! I think I maybe want to vacation there one day. Also, at least it wasn’t so awful that I had to quit before the end. There is always that, I suppose.

Happy Film Loving

G

SAN ANDREAS (2015): For The Visual Effects and…

San Andreas (2015), Carla Gugino, Dwayne Johnson
San Andreas (2015), Carla Gugino, Dwayne Johnson

Directed by Brad Peyton; Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, and Paul Giamatti are the stars of San Andreas – that California earthquake movie you may have heard about over the summer.

You may also have heard that the visual effects are breathtaking and they are. However, the thing I enjoyed most is actually the unique father daughter relationship. San Andreas isn’t a bad movie, there’s just nothing that feels particularly new about it, therefore making it feel not quite as epic as I’d hoped.

San Andreas (2015), Art Parkinson, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Alexandra Daddario
San Andreas (2015), Art Parkinson, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Alexandra Daddario

Some random things came to mind as I watched:

  • On account of all the dust, running, falling and screaming, how much fun was being an extra on this movie, really?
  • I honestly don’t recall the last time I saw such excellent mother/ daughter casting.
  • You’d have to be blind not to notice Alexandra Daddario’s eyeballs. If you’ve seen the film, I know you noticed!
  • I better be careful because I don’t know anyone that would come and rescue me at a time when the traditional emergency services cannot. But then again… you never know. Just don’t rely on it, of course. But still, you never know…

If by this point you’re still curious, watch it for the impressive visual effects and all else that appeals.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

SAN ANDREAS (2015): When Trailer Music Hits The Right Notes

San Andreas (2015): Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino
San Andreas (2015): Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino

I love the music in the new trailer for San Andreas (2015) – nothing to do with Grand Theft Auto.

The general pace and rhythm of this preview provides a welcome contrast to the chaos of the film’s reality.

When I like a trailer, I always really hope that the film is equally good, if not better. To this end, seeing Paul Giamatti’s face helped provide some reassurance. My fingers are crossed for the end result.

One more thing, you don’t see her face in the trailer, (at least I didn’t) but this film is additional evidence of Pop Singer Kylie Minogue’s return to acting.

For those wondering, the song is a version/ sample of The Mamas & Papas ‘California dreaming…’ by Robot Koch & Delhia de France

Happy San Andreas 🙂

G