I’ll be totally honest. When Paramount sent me Baywatch to review, I was worried that I wouldn’t have anything good to say. I mean, the show is a cult classic but it was pretty terrible in many ways so this feels almost like the equivalent of making a Three’s Company movie, you know?
Immediately, they set the tone. I will be honest, the cinematography and scene transitions were very annoying and I don’t know if they were just trying to capture the essence of the television show but I did not like it.
That being said, Baywatch is perfect for a Friday night snackfest. Honestly, if you are going to watch it, you will have a great time if you are willing to suspend belief, indulge in corny dialogue, and appreciate this decent homage to the original series,
The chemistry between cast members, especially Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron is really great. I also initially thought that John Bass as the token goofball was going to be too much but, by the time the closing credits rolled, he had won me over.
Is this movie going to win any awards? No, definitely not. Will it keep you laughing and entertained for a couple hours? Yes. The world is so serious right now so this felt like a great break from all the tension and frustration.