Friday, May 26, 2017

Baywatch Spoiler Free Review

Welcome to Baywatch, a hilarious movie with a few cheap shots, but an otherwise fun summer beach movie. We open with Mitch Buchanon (Dwayne Johnson) starting a day of lifeguard duty with Stephanie (Ilfenesh Hadera) and C.J. (Kelly Rohrbach), not just any day, but tryout day to fill new positions. Many try out, but three advance: Summer Quinn (Alexandra Daddario) and Ronnie (Jon Bass) get in for being good and showing potential, while Brody (Zac Efron) is thrown in there because he has to do community service for something stupid he did, and not puking in an Olympic pool and making an ass of himself in front of the whole world. Throughout the first half, Mitch notices drugs washing up on shore and just has to investigate. What follows is a hilarious movie-based-on-a-TV-show that does what no broadcast show could ever get away with and has some likable and funny characters to follow. It’s a bit lengthy, but so hilarious, it balances out, and the humor doesn’t feel forced, just part of the team (the team being the plot). In terms of detective story and beach comedy, this feels like a well-balanced blend of both, although they do lean towards the comedy angle more. Mitch and Brody are our main characters, with everyone else being in the background, but not all of them are just there for being there. My only issue is that some of the underwater shots or the more intense scenes had a cheap feel to them, whether it was green screens or fire, some of the imagery was clearly fake. What felt genuine to the setting was Christopher Lennertz’ soundtrack and the way it felt right for the parties and the beach, aided by some other pop songs because why not? Overall, Baywatch is a hilarious comedy full of sailor talk and meta references here and there. So if you need to get away from all those big budget, heavy CGI blockbusters, look no further than Baywatch.

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