Plot: Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

Review: I’ll be honest and say I went into Baywatch with pretty low expectations; the trailers weren’t particularly funny and I figured it was just going to be low brow dick jokes galore. Well, I was right and that’s exactly what it was however, aside from that there were some genuinely funny moments and a surprising amount of action.

We get some fight scenes, Jet Ski chases and rescues which keep the pacing tight. It’s a shame that during one of the rescue scenes on a boat the CG is so unconvincing which took me out of it a little as there were several well done stunts in other sequences. It just felt lazy as special effects weren’t really required and took away any sense of threat to the action.

In terms of the humour it is mostly what you’d expect but I’d be lying if I said there weren’t laugh out loud scenes as well as some super cheesy ones too. It actually does capture some of the spirit of the TV show while lovingly poking fun at it and we even get (pointless) cameos from The Hoff and Pamela Anderson. FYI this isn’t a spoiler as they are listed in the opening credits.

The running jokes with Dwayne Johnson busting Zac Efron’s balls by calling him boyband names and generally insulting him are arguably the highlight but let’s not forget the ladies too. There is eye candy for the boys and girls in this movie but sadly no nudity… except from a dead guy which was a little forced and frankly not very funny but maybe I’m just an old prude.

I really enjoyed Priyanka Chopra as the villain Victoria Leeds who is suitably nasty but also unbelievably hot and she oozes sex appeal on screen.

The cast all have good chemistry and it’s really a lot of harmless fun; it’s essentially the perfect summer movie and it will likely be a huge hit too.

The music was mostly hip hop based and really worked; in fact I may even get the soundtrack as there are some great summer tunes featured. We also get some Beach Boys thrown in for good measure.

Overall, Baywatch is pretty much what you would expect it to be and the humour won’t be for everyone but there’s plenty of action and I found myself just going with it and having a blast.

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel

I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it’s a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.