Many things came to mind before I went to the screening of Baywatch. What did I really know about the television series? I knew it starred Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff. I knew it was sort of portrayed to be serious, but in retrospect was somewhat comical in trying to be legitimate. I also knew that it was once the most watched show on television. But what could I expect from a full-feature film with the same plot as the series? As it turns out, I could be surprised: this movie was actually really good! The problem is that it could possibly be glossed over for the new installment of Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. I haven’t seen the new Pirates, and I’m sure it’ll be good, but what I hope to accomplish is to convince people to give Baywatch a chance.
First, there’s the laughter. As I mentioned, Baywatch the series was meant to be a drama, and the film is actually a comedy. This was the way to go, folks! If there is anything funnier than lifeguards solving crimes, it’s when the film is very aware of what it is and has no problem making fun of itself. The Baywatch crew decide to do some spying and discover a dangerous drug ring taking place on their beach. Let that plot sink in and try not to laugh at that alone. Zac Efron’s character, Matt Brody, says it best when he asks, “Does anyone else feel like this is a job for the police?” Apparently, no, it’s a job for lifeguards. The writing is perfect for the tone and literally does not leave a minute where something hilarious doesn’t happen.
No film accomplishes anything without a good cast, and Baywatch has that. I think Dwayne Johnson truly shines when he can not only do action, but if he gets to be funny, too. Zac Efron’s movies tend to be 50/50, but his chemistry with Johnson and their unique dynamic make this film solid. You mix that with the feistiness of Alexandra Daddario, the raw sex appeal of Kelly Rohrbach, and the Bond villain–esque feel of Priyanka Chopra, and we have ourselves a winner! However, I feel I am failing to inform you all if I do not mention the awesomeness that was Jon Bass. Bass plays Ronnie, who, unlike the majority of the cast, is rather average in looks, but makes up for it in his hysterical antics, reactions to circumstances, and, of course, his dancing. Guys, Bass steals this show! It’s worth seeing just for him alone. Not to mention, a few hilarious cameos.
Finally, I cannot lie: there are a lot of beautiful people in this movie. I saved this part for last because it truly is minor to the importance of the film, but . . . what did you expect from Ilfenesh Hadera in a film based on Baywatch? Johnson looks in as good of shape as he’s ever been. Zac Efron, everyone’s favorite pretty boy, will impress audiences with the amount of jacked he got for this role. Mix that with the sex appeal of Copra, Daddario, Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera that just melts off the screen, and you plain out just have a film that appeals everyone.
In the end, guys, this film is more than worth just seeing; you’ll miss out on a really good time if you don’t. I don’t see many movies these days, but I try to hit the big ones, and I feel a “bigger” film could easily phase this one out—and it shouldn’t. Disagree? Let me put it to you this way: I liked it more than the Fate of the Furious. Yeah, I said it. Give it a shot!