Although I had heard nothing good about "Baywatch", I still apprehensively went to see it, knowing it wouldn't be good, but hoping for an enjoyable time at the movies.
The writing of the film isn't great. The plot of the film is extremely predictable. There are no twists at all. As an entry into the "Baywatch" franchise, there are all sorts of plot holes. (I also think that the David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson cameos shouldn't have been credited in the opening of the film.) Still, there is a lot of humor that is genuinely funny, and the film manages not to take itself too seriously, replicating the campiness that is the trademark of the source material. The best jokes were the ones that were not horribly raunchy. Some of the over-the-top jokes fell flat. I also thought that the characters, while almost cardboard cut-outs of their archetype, still had a chemistry that worked, and made the film a lot more enjoyable. Yes, it is nowhere near as effective as the film that sparked this movement of TV reboots: "21 Jump Street". However, it's still pretty fun.
The execution in the film is absolutely awful. The CGI is terrible. There is a scene involving fire, and it made me laugh because of how bad it was. There is also an extreme excess of green screen usage. The bloopers reveal that a green screen was even used in an office setting. The soundtrack had ups and downs, with the music sometimes making the scene funnier and sometimes just being distracting. The acting is fine, but all of the well-known actors are playing a character that they have played before.
Overall, "Baywatch" isn't a particularly good film, but I found it to be funny. I thought that it did a good job of making fun of the TV series and itself, while still functioning as a rather enjoyable action comedy on its own.
Big Tuna's Rating: C
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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