Baywatch (2017)

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Lifeguard, Mitch Buchanan (Dwayne Johnson) fights to save the future of the bay alongside new recruit, Matt Brody (Zac Efron).

I was vaguely aware of the famous Baywatch TV series from the 1980s/1990s and when I heard they were going to do a modern remake, I was interested.

The cinematography is certainly ambitious in this film as is the scope. The characters were mediocre and for most of the film I felt very bored with how one dimensional they all were. However, Dwayne Johnson’s charismatic acting saved it from complete mediocrity. He does well with the limited material on offer. Notwithstanding, there was more than one films worth of narrative in this film and as a result it all felt incredibly lazy and clumsy, because none of the plots were given any breathing space.

The jokes felt cheap, further adding to the film’s substandard nature. I’m looking at the film as it’s own entity rather than alongside the original series and yet the writers clearly showed an awareness of the original series as the film is very self referential. You’d probably enjoy this film if you want a film where you don’t have to think much.

MY RATING: **.5 / *****

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