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Review: Baywatch

Thumbs up or thumbs down? Simple, spoiler free reviews.



Matt Brody is a former Olympic swimmer who wants to join an elite team of lifeguards led by the hulking Mitch Buchannon. Brody thinks he’s a shoo-in, but his casual attitude starts to instantly rub Mitch the wrong way. When drugs and a shady resort owner pose a threat to the bay, Mitch and Matt must put their differences aside to spring into action and save the day.

I’ve got to admit, I was honestly expecting Baywatch to be terrible. I thought it would be dumb jokes and boobs but it’s actually really funny. With dumb jokes and boobs… What I’m saying is it’s exactly what you think it is, but actually done really well.


Baywatch isn’t just about boobs and Zac Efron’s abs, it’s also a funny film too. I’m not talking high brow humour or anything, but its a laugh!

At no point in time does it allow itself to be taken seriously. The whole premise and plot is ridiculous and Zac Efron has a great line when being told about previous cases on the beach sounding like a ‘entertaining yet far-fetched TV show’. This is a film that fully understands its roots and doesn’t try to be something it’s not. It’s a film about crime fighting lifeguards, obviously its preposterous! The cast seems to be having a genuinely fun time as well, which makes you have more fun with it.

I’d say about 90% of the jokes landed in Baywatch, now granted they often aren’t ‘high brow humour’, I’m talking dick jokes…other dick jokes. It works though and if you know what you’re getting into and just want to relax this is a good dumb movie to do that with. It’s just fun.

Dwanye Johnson, or The Rock as he’ll forever be known to me, is as charismatic as ever while Efron actually nails the self loathing part of his retired olympic medalist character too. Their back and forth is amusing throughout as well. Job Bass is entertaining as the awkward nerd of the group while Alexandra Daddario and Kelly Rohrbach are mostly in place to play up Baywatch’s classic ‘sexy babes’ angle. Both are more than happy to play the roles and mock them extensively, especially in the end credits. Meanwhile Priyanka Chopra as the villain is a bit of a one note character though and Ilfenesh Hadera gets far less love than any of the other lifeguards during the film.

I know this film has been slated by critics, but if you’re interested in a couple of hours of easy viewing that’ll make you chuckle throughout. Give this a go. I honestly can’t believe I’m actually saying this. I’d just assumed it would be rubbish, instead its fun rubbish.

Verdict: Thumbs Up


Alexandra Daddario [Gallery]


Alexandra Daddario, to put it simply, is stunning. In fact she is down right gorgeous! The 29 year old actress only appeared on my radar properly this year when I watched her play The Rock’s daughter in San Andreas but she’s been around for a while. She was in the Percy Jackson film series and appeared in the first season of True Detective to name a few.

Now she has signed onto play the female lead in the new Baywatch movie. Which is only fair after all. The ladies have Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron to melt over while the fella’s get this beauty. Now that might sound a bit crass and sexist to some of you but don’t forget that this is Baywatch we’re talking about. A TV show which is basically famous for having very attractive women running in slow motion wearing swimsuits down the beach. The casting directors know what they’re doing here.

San Andreas [Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down?]

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down – Keeping film reviews short, to the point and most importantly SPOILER FREE! Keep it simple. Would you recommend this film or not?

The largest recorded earthquake in history is triggered by California’s San Andreas fault. While everything is going to hell Ray Gaines (Dwayne Johnson), an LAFD search-and-rescue helicopter pilot must rescue his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) and their only daughter (Alexandra Daddario).

I’m willing to bet that theres only two reasons why you saw this movie. One, you love watching millions of CGI people die in massive disaster scenarios. Or Two, you’re a fan of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and lets be honest for a second, wrestling fan or not, you like The Rock.

In reality no one is sitting watching this film thinking ‘boy, Chief Raymond “Ray” Gaines sure is an interesting character I hope you does alright’. No. You’re sitting there happily accepting the fact that for some reason The Rock is now a helicopter rescue pilot and he’s off to give a people’s elbow to an earthquake. Dwayne Johnson doesn’t need to be a great actor, people pay to see The Rock. Not that I’m saying he’s a bad actor though!

san-andreas-movie-2015-art-parkinson-alexandra-daddario-hugo-johnstone-burtYes it’s a basic premise for a disaster movie, but it’s done better here than in The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. After all The Day After Tomorrow was bleh and 2012 was just dumb. Like, really dumb.

Listen, this movie is exactly what you think it’s going to be. A big fun disaster movie that will focus on The Rock, his hot ex wife, their insanely hot daughter and two bumbling British brothers while more or less ignoring the death count that will be heavily into the millions. You’ll already know if this is your type of flick. If it is, get it on dvd/blu ray. If it’s not, don’t worry about it.

Verdict: Thumbs Up (its only a dumb disaster movie though)