Director: Seth Gordon
Writers: Michael Berk (based on the series “Baywatch” created by), Douglas Schwartz (based on the series “Baywatch” created by)
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario
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.
Running Time: 1 hour 56 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics 18% Audience 56%
Why I watched it: It’s got a fun cast and of course The Rock.
Thoughts: A movie will get a stink if it bombs the first weekend and the critics pan it, a lot of people won’t go see it and wait for home video or on demand. The interesting thing here is clearly the critics hated it but the people think it’s so so.
What I like: As far as eye candy go it’s hard to go wrong with this film, and really isn’t that what the series was about, it was cheesy but it knew what it was here for the film they gathered likable and really good looking actors and tried to expand on the series making it a more action crime combo. Say what you want about The Rock the man has charisma to spare, he’s a likable guy and he’s funny, here he’s on cruise control but again he’s still likable. I think the characters that worked the best was Rohrbach and Bass they had chemistry and it was different and Rohrback showed he has some comic chops. While watching this film you could tell they were going for a 21 Jump Street vibe, it’s clear they wanted this to be a franchise and one thing they got right was the cast worked well together and played off each other well.
What I didn’t like: A film doesn’t flop for no reason and there’s plenty of reasons why Baywatch was a really flawed film. The action stuff doesn’t work and there’s two huge reasons the script is beyond cliched and the big bad is terrible both in the writing and the acting by Priyanka Chopra, she’s just bad here and really one of the worst villains I’ve seen in a bit. The big mistake with this film is that it wanted it both ways it wanted to be a comedy action film, it wasn’t funny enough and the action isn’t very good and the CGI is pretty bad. Also the film is too long at almost 2 hours. The film fells like it didn’t have focus on the story it wanted to tell, it’s like they wanted to do a balls out action comedy but put it under the Baywatch banner.
As much as I like The Rock he’s bland here, I mean he’s The Rock but his character is very nondescript and that can be said for most of the characters only Efron has any beats or arc and it’s too bad his character is a ball of cliches, and really he does nothing to elevate it.
Final thoughts: Not terrible and not close to being one of the worst films of the year it’s more of a misfire, they had a good cast but not the story and it just came out disjointed.