David Hasslehoff, Pamela Anderson, Yasmine Bleeth… These are just a few of the distinguished names that made my TV light up in the 90’s. They made lifeguards seem like more than party poopers in bathing suits. And introduced many a young man to the wonders of slow motion running… dear god the slow motion running.
Taking every 70s, 80s, 90s and adding more cursing, a few nods to the original and pretty much leaving the source material behind has become the formula for these nostalgia films. But,did they make Baywatch worth your time and money ?
The cast includes Hollywood golden goose, Dwayne Johnson, alongside Zac Efron, and the incredibly funny Hannibal Burress. The cast works in the major roles. Dwayne Johnson is awesome as the lead character, Mitch Buchannon. He’s funny, commanding in action scenes and charismatic on the screen which was a given but, his chemistry with Efron is the key to the comedy.
They play very well off of each other as characters, Johnson as the sometimes funny straight man and Efron’s irreverent screw up. Efron plays Matt Brody, disgraced Olympic swimming gold medalist that is brought in to the Baywatch squad to help keep funding being further cut. Once Brody gets in with the squad he finds out that it’s more than saving lives in the water it’s all about saving the world around the bay. Even if that means sometimes illegally engaging in an investigation in to a drug dealer and putting their lives in real danger.
That premise sounds ridiculous right ? Well, so was the original TV series so I guess it works plot wise. If nothing else it allows for some very funny moments. That funny though comes in the form of sophomoric jokes.
If you like low brow (and I mean that in the most respectful way) humor you’ll like this movie. The dick jokes are plentiful so no kids should be allowed to watch this film. But, as far as these old TV show properties that get this movie reboot treatment this is one of the best out so far. Baywatch gets a 3 out of 5 stars from me.