Baywatch (2017) La La Land Records Soundtrack Review
Review: Ah, Baywatch. I admit it: I used to watch the T.V. show in its first run, and there were other shows just like it airing at the time – things like Hulk Hogan’s Thunder in Paradise and the Michael Worth-starring show Acapulco H.E.A.T. Yes, the bikini action-tastic shows were all the rage in the early ’90s, but Baywatch was the reigning champ. So, when they announced a feature film version with Dwayne Johnson in the lead role, I was halfheartedly looking forward to it … until they revealed that the film would be a hard “R”-rated spoof of the whole genre. I went to see the film with my head hung low, knowing I was going to get a vomitorium of bad jokes, dirty humor, and clunky action scenes, and I got exactly that: a waste of time. There’s no good excuse for the direction the filmmakers went with this feature film, but at least they hired Christopher Lennertz (T.V.’s Supernatural, The Horde, Ride Along) to compose the music.
One of the busiest composers in the industry, Lennertz usually delivers a serviceable and complimentary score to the projects he works on (including some videogames), and his music to Baywatch has more replayable value than the film does. It’s more of an action score than a comedy score, with hard beats and a full orchestral bombast. He incorporates guest vocalist Assassin (a.k.a. Agent Sasco) to compliment some choice cues, namely the first two tracks on the album “Off the Jetty” and “Leeds – To the Tower.” The score should make casual soundtrack fans happy, as it plays like an escape fantasy, with exciting tracks and thrilling dips and dives into pulse pounding interludes. While the music isn’t particularly memorable or essential, it certainly makes a better impression than the movie itself did, which is a testament to the craft of Lennertz as a composer.