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Baywatch is directed by Seth Gordon, and it stars Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, and Priyanka Chopra. It's a film based on the popular 90s TV show of the same name. When drugs start washing up on the beach and a series of murders occur, a group of lifeguards takes it upon themselves to investigate and protect the bay.
To sum it up, Baywatch is a two-hour mixture of pure cheesiness and raunchiness. The star power and charisma of both Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron make it watchable, but without them, this movie does not work at all. To put it simply, this is a really silly movie. At first, it felt like they were going for a super cheesy movie along the lines of Kung Fury, which can work as long as they know the movie they're making is stupid. Instead, after the first fifteen minutes or so, the film changes course and tries to be a legitimate comedy, and it fails miserably.
Don't me wrong, I don't think Baywatch is an awful movie, it just fails to know what it wants to be. They either should've gone all in on the ridiculousness, or tried to actually make a good movie. The film seems to flip between the two, and neither one of them really works because of it. The way this movie starts really makes it seem like it's going to be massively over-the-top and absurd. Take that and mix in the silly one-liners used throughout the film, and it could end up being a decently enjoyable movie. Unfortunately, in between the silly moments, they try to have an actual movie, and because of that, those cheesy moments don't work well at all. They really stand out, and not in a good way either.
The only redeeming things about this movie were some of the performances, Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron specifically. Admittedly, I laughed a few times in this movie, and the scenes I laughed at were the ones that heavily featured those two. The funniest parts of the movie occur when those two are sparring back and forth, verbally and physically. Efron and Johnson had a lot of chemistry together, and it's a testament to their talent that they almost keep this movie afloat. Also, despite his very small role, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was pretty funny in this movie. He played a cop that was trying to convince the lifeguards to stay on the beach, and he was able to make the most out of his small role. Whenever a scene had him in it, the movie suddenly became a little less awful. I haven't seen him in anything else, but he is playing Black Manta in the new Aquaman movie, so I'm even more excited for that now.
This new Baywatch movie, as you'd expect, is pretty raunchy. Raunchiness isn't a bad thing in a movie, but it all depends on how it's used. For example, the 21 and 22 Jump Street films have just the right amount of raunchiness to them, and that helps to make them as hilarious as they are. Baywatch has way too much raunchiness to it. Plus, the raunchiness of Baywatch didn't seem to fit naturally. A lot of the jokes in the movie felt really forced and out of place. Baywatch tried to replicate the success of the Jump Street movies, and that didn't work at all.
Unfortunately, Baywatch ends up drowning despite how hard The Rock and Zac Efron try to save it. It can't decide if it wants to be an actual movie or a super over-the-top cheese-fest. It's extremely raunchy, often unnecessarily so, and a lot of the jokes in this movie fail to even get a chuckle out of the audience. The best scenes came from The Rock, Zac Efron, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (despite his small role). Baywatch isn't an absolutely horrendous movie, but it's far from good.
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