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Review: Baywatch

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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.

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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

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Review: Fast and Furious 8

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8fbd1362-8e2f-480a-be55-e8ee48eee897Eight. Eight Fast and Furious films. Who would have thought it?

Fast and Furious 8 or The Fate of The Furious depending on your region is quite possibly the best of the entire series. Certainly since it entered its ‘completely over the top, ridiculous, mind numbing at times’ incarnation. Basically, it is the best film since The Rock joined the cast. And that is not a slate on Dwayne Johnson, since joining he has been one of the best parts of the franchise.

This films is very funny at times and infuriating at others. So standard Fast and furious fodder really. I will say this, in the previous two films I thought the balance of ‘really cool’ moments and ‘oh God that is so unbelievable I want to rip my own eyes out’ moments was balanced in the wrong direction. In Fast 8 however, I think they get it right. The stupid, logic and physics breaking moments are still there are fewer in number but still are really dumb. However, it is what the series is known for now so you just have to accept it.

This film also contains perhaps the greatest scene in the history of the franchise too. Jason Statham, single-handedly fighting his way through an entire plane of mercenaries, whilst carrying a baby. It is both hilarious and utterly bad ass.

Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson are by far the best part of the film. Their relationship is brilliant. Continuing from Furious 7 they absolutely hate each other and trash talk each other every step of the way.

The addition of ‘new Paul Walker guy’ however was rather awkward. Perhaps they should have waited another film or two before replacing him. I have nothing against Scott Eastward’s performance I just think the character, so obviously being lined up as the replacement in future films is a little insensitive. Yet mostly it is unnecessary as The Fast and Furious cast is now so large that, what with The Rock and Jason Statham as well as countless other returning characters, they could have just let it be.

Overall, I found this latest film from the franchise to be very enjoyable. As long as they can reign in the utterly nonsensical nonsense (and just stick with mildly nonsensical nonsense) I can see this franchise continuing to go from strength to strength. If you’re an existing fan of the series you will love this film and due to it not being quite so frustratingly daft as previous iterations, this might entice newer viewers to stick around for the next one too.

Verdict: Thumbs Up

Raw Talk [25/01/16]

On the back of an awesome Royal Rumble PPV comes Monday Night Raw live from Miami, Florida. It’s weird as a wrestling fan these days to be looking forward to a show rather than the skepticism and regret. You can argue that WWE television has slowly been improving over the last month or two anyway, but now that it’s officially Wrestlemania session I expect WWE to up their game and give it their all.

150_raw_01252016ca_1951-2256842185Normally when I review Raw I discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, however I’m going to switch it up this week. Stay positive, Think happy thoughts and focus on The Good.

Sure, I could go on and on about The Authority opening the show (yawn) or how annoying it is seeing Kevin Owens Vs Dolph Ziggler yet again. I could even go on a rant about how pointless Kane is these days or how sad I am about how far Rusev has fallen in the past year. Yet when you’ve got plus points that include AJ Styles and The Roc, I can forget about those things for a while. So here we are my three favourite things from Monday Night Raw.

The Good

Chris Jericho Vs AJ Styles

tumblr_inline_o1jdc2wpjf1s4kk59_540How can you have a list of good points and not include AJ Styles. It’s still incredibly surreal seeing him inside a WWE ring after all this years, one that it might take a bit of getting use too. I’m just happy to see someone with as much talent as he has finally make it to the ‘big leagues’. More specifically though, I’m delighted he didn’t go back to TNA. Styles gets another big reaction from the crowd on Raw, they even chant his name during The Authority’s opening promo.

069_raw_01252016ca_0991-2326677724His first match on Raw is with Chris Jericho. This is what dreams are made of folks! Jericho is a legend in wrestling, famous around the world, and I know I’ve been frustrated with his recent run but this is a fantasy booking dream match. It must have been pretty special for AJ as well. Styles has wrestled some of the most talented people in the business, but going one on one with Jericho in a WWE ring must have been on his bucket list. It would certainly be on mine. During his entrance AJ shouts that “this is where he belongs”. You’re God damn right it is!

073_raw_01252016rf_0696-354701643One minor criticism, if you can call it that is hearing JBL call AJ Styles a kid, when he actually wrestled for WCW, is really weird. He might be new here, but his a veteran who’s respected around the globe.

It’s starting to look more and more likely that Chris Jericho will be turning heel as well, which is great news. He’s always been at his best as a heel and his current run is certainly lacking. I’m thinking once he does he’ll feud with Dean Ambrose over the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania. Which should be awesome.

Divas Triple Threat?

116_raw_01252016ca_1424-468437524Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch faced off on Raw and it was a pretty solid match until Charlotte interfered and took out both women. Revenge on Sasha for the Royal Rumble and continued decent into her new heel character. One huge plus point this match had was that Sasha Banks came out alone. I hope this means it’s the end of Team B.A.D or at least her involvement with them, she’s good enough to go alone and was only being held back.

Banks has neatly added herself into the best booked feud on the main roster. Which I think is heading towards a Triple Threat match at Wrestlemania or at least Fastlane. Personally I’d save it for ‘Mania though. WWE do need to be careful with Becky Lynch here though, we don’t want her to become the forgotten third person again.

One question though. How is it that the former NXT women can be booked so well (granted it took a while to get the ball rolling) with the best built feud on the roster. Yet the other ‘divas’ are still struggling with throw away three minute tag team matches. Don’t get me wrong I’m glad they’re focusing on them but can you not multitask WWE?

The Rock

The Rock is back! Hell Yeah! The Miami crowd go crazy for the hometown hero. Rocky proceeds to cut an amazing promo. It starts with him interuppting The Miz, upsetting the Big Show, flirting with Lana much to the annoyance of Rusev. Every conversation and confrontation is hilarious. He’s even come up with a new catchphrase “You alright!”.

tumblr_o1jjvfej291saykaxo1_400The fun continues as The Rock makes his entrance to the ring. He talks to some cosplayers, dressed as Macho Man and Hulk Hogan, who just got moved from the hard camera. Vince must be pulling his hair out, but Rock can do what he wants and goes on as long as he wants at this point. In what must be the least PG anything on WWE television Rocky talks about weed and llama penises just to name a few. Again, The Rock can get away with anything. If Adam Rose cut this promo he’d be fired before he got backstage.

tumblr_o1jjvfej291saykaxo2_400New Day join in the fun, which is amazing as well. I love The New Day so much. The Usos get involved too and we get a rock bottom and a peoples elbow. Great stuff and the crowd are very happy.

This was without any doubt the best promo Raw has seen in years. The Rock and The New Day were on point. i’ll even forgive the involvement of The Usos. When Rock is good, he’s untouchable. Past and certainly not present. I wanted this promo to last at least til the end of the show, if not forever. It was so, so good. The downside is that whenever Rocky does come back, it’s bitter sweet as it really shows us what we’re missing these days.

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)