Baywatch Movie Review
Baywatch is a reboot/continuation of the popular TV series of the same name which starred David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra, and Jon Bass.
Baywatch follows Mitch Buchannon, played by Dwayne Johnson, who is a Lieutenant and head of the lifeguard team. His two most trusted team members, CJ and Stephanie, are also two of the most respected women on and off the beach. But now it's time to find three new recruits for the team. In comes Matt Brody, played by Zac Efron, who is a reckless ex-Olympic swim champion who disgraced his team and lost all the respect he had. He had won two gold medals previously and thought he was unstoppable. He got trashed the night before the finals and ended up vomiting during the swim, earning him the name "The Vomit Comet". Everywhere he went, he was laughed at so he decided to try and get a job working with the Baywatch team. He found out very quickly that the Olympics meant nothing to Mitch who put him through a rigorous training course, a course that was far more difficult than what the other potential recruits had to go through. Matt finds out very quickly that he has to learn to trust and be trusted in order to help Mitch stop some drug dealers who have been harming the teens and college kids on his beach.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun this film was. Yes, it had its predictable moments and yes sometimes it could be cheesy but that's what summer comedies are all about - absolute fun cheesiness. It had a lot of heart and it gave you some chuckles along the way. Mind you, it was no Mrs Doubtfire in the sense that it had you doubled over in pain from all the laughs. It was more like Neighbors. It had a decent story, a few chuckles, and gave everyone a chance to shine in their own way. The jokes did sadly get a bit stale after a while but thankfully the film picked itself back up in the finale. Do stay through the credits as there's a blooper reel and a fun moment between Dwayne and Hasselhoff. I give Baywatch a 2.75 out of 4.
© 2017 Alec Zander