Popcorn Addict: Baywatch
I was excited to attend a screener for the Baywatch movie. For the youngins reading, Baywatch was a popular 90s television show starring David Hasselhof and Pamela Anderson, and cheesy sensation when released. I didn’t watch Baywatch at the time, but new it was a big deal. When I first heard of a Baywatch movie, I groaned. However, the inclusion of The Rock and the trailer sold me.
This ain’t your momma’s Baywatch. Semi-spoilery, but the opening scene involved Dwayne Johnson rescuing someone from the ocean, glistening, with the Baywatch title in the backdrop and dolphins hopping in the water. Michael Bay cried a small tear at that scene. From this moment, you instantly knew this movie was going to be beyond hilarious.
The plot centered on a Ryan Lochte-inspired Olympic swimmer (played by Zac Efron; High School Musical) who disgraced his team and the country and now is reluctantly joining the Baywatch team, led by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Dwayne Johnson is the lead. Enough said. You already know what you’re getting from him. Each person on the main cast is hilarious, even if they aren’t necessarily central characters. The comedic timing and chemistry in this team was perfect. Zac Efron should continue in comedy—he’ll have a long career. Priyanka Chopra (Quantico) played a glamorous, dazzling, but scary Bond-esque villain, which made me excited to see her in future films. She can definitely be a leading woman.
The plot isn’t Oscar worthy, but none of us were really expecting it to be. The movie relies heavily on its humor—funny, dirty, witty, dry, raunchy, and snarky—it has it all. There’s a series of pretty boy jokes at the expense of Zac Efron that are hysterical. Additionally, there may be some original Baywatch cast cameos (come on, you already knew this).
Baywatch is a funny film, perfectly timed for Memorial Day weekend. The movie does have an R-Rating which sometimes dampens sales. However, I believe Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron will still carry this film to #1.