Baywatch - 4 Stars
Welcome to Baywatch beaches!
Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.
I wasn’t expecting anything remarkable from the film and after waiting 2hrs in the cinema for it to start (delays etc..) I certainly wasn’t feeling positive about Baywatch. However, I was surprised, this is one of the most amusing American comedy films in years. Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson are both excellent comedy actors, who can handle some light-on emotional work. Kelly Rohrbach and Jon Bass make an adorable couple and their chemistry is obvious from the outset. Alexandra Daddario isn’t given enough to work with to make a proper judgment call. Priyanka Chopra is a menacing enough villain, who is reminiscent of a 80s Bond villain (which she jokes about).
What surprised me most was the fact, despite being a comedy, the mystery plot was still intriguing. The script funny, not always clever, but funny carries the film well into its 2-hr runtime. Cameos from David Hasslehoff and Pamela Anderson are hysterical. It really mocks the classic series, while also paying homage.
Overall I had a great time, the cast and script were a perfect fit and I can’t wait to see the endless sequels that I’m sure Hollywood will churn out. My question is, will they ever make a sci-fi sequel, based on Baywatch Nights…
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Paramount Pictures