Cayle’s Movie Review: “Baywatch”

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NOTE:  I decided to do a written review instead due to a lack of free time this weekend. I hope you all enjoy!

Since Hollywood is currently out of original ideas and is turning to Buzzfeed 90s nostalgia lists for potential movie ideas, we have an official Baywatch movie. Yay…?

In city of Emerald Bay, FL, Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) is the leader of a group of lifeguards known as “Baywatch”. The movie follows the team as they investigate a local drug ring on their beach.

The movies strongest asset are its two leads: DwayneThe RockJohnson and Zac Efron. Johnson is arguably the most likable actor working in Hollywood today besides Tom Hanks. Considering the fact that most of the movies sense of humor is rather hit and miss (I will touch upon this later in the review), Johnsons charisma is a much needed necessity. Johnson and Efron have a great chemistry with each other. The movie should have focused on their rivalry instead. Although Jon Bass did a fine job overall, his Ronnie character doesnt have a purpose within the movie besides being the comic relief. If you cut out all of his scenes, it would not affect the movie. The rest of the cast was forgettable including Priyanka Chopra (the actress who played Victoria Reed, the villain of the movie).

Baywatch is essentially a poor mans version of the recent 21 Jump Street reboot movies. Although this movie tried to capture the manic spirit of the latter, the results are rather mixed. As I have mentioned earlier in the review, the movies sense of humor is rather hit and miss. It seems that the film tries to be raunchy in order to appeal to the Hard R audience. However, the aforementioned raunchiness is favored over being clever in order to earn a profit.

Despite my grievances over the movie, its just plain dumb fun. Although it has the potential to be a much better movie (e.g. the 21 Jump Street movies), Baywatch is fine for what it is: a simple summer comedy.

Overall, this movie makes for a fine rental.

SCORE: 5/10

Chris’ Movie Review: “Baywatch”

Chris’ Movie Review

Baywatch
Rating: 5/10 (Average)

Recommendation: Redbox It

It’s hard to fully review a film that you know is meant to be ridiculous. On the one hand, if you’re to harsh, you’ll come off as stingy and unwilling to compromise. On the other hand though, if you’re too light, people will say “Yeah. It’s fine. But how come that person loved it so much?”

You can say this about any review really but when it comes to movies that go out of their way to be over the top, you have to really tread a thin line…. Unless it’s really good or bad. Then you can say what you please.

Baywatch stars Dwayne Johnson (Mitch), Zac Efron (Matt Brodie), Alexandra Daddario (Summer), Priyanka Chopra (Victoria), and Jon Bass (Ronnie).

Plot Summary

Mitch is the head of the beach. He runs the beach and nothing gets by him. He’s also the best lifeguard of all time.

Once a year, Baywatch holds tryouts to add one new member but this year, they’re making an exception and they’re adding three new candidates. In steps in Matt Brodie. A two time Olympic gold medalist and one cocky man. Brodie expects special treatment but Mitch won’t give it to him.

As Matt fights for a spot, drug deals start happening on the beach and Mitch investigates. Even though the cops tell Mitch this his isn’t jurisdiction or problem, he goes against the system.

Baywatch now is involved with solving murderers, drug deals, and all of the silliness that entails from these scenarios.

Review

Baywatch has so much going on that my plot summary probably felt like it took an hour to read but there’s so much to cover in this “Simple comedy,” at least story wise there is. The review itself, maybe not so much.

For starters, the cast is likable. I’ve come across a lot of movies, this year, that have had likable actors in it. Sure the movies aren’t always good but I just find this to be interesting. And, obviously, this film isn’t an exception.

Name one movie where Dwayne Johnson isn’t likable? I’ll wait. I can’t honestly think of one and this holds true here as well. Dwayne is one of those actors that isn’t “Oscar” worthy (Unless he does a film like that and really steps up) but he has a presence that oozes fun. He makes a film feel extremely lively and the atmosphere just glows around him. It’s just amazing to see, especially since he pulls it off in every movie, that I’ve seen, he’s in.

The rest of the actors are fun to watch too. Zac plays his usual “Jock” type well. Alexandra has great chemistry with Zac on screen. And Jon Bass plays a good “Comedic relief” character. Normally a character like this can hinder the movie but Jon isn’t always in your face. He lays around in the background and strikes when needed and, most of the time, he’s pretty funny. But Priyanka is sort of the outcast here.

Priyanka plays the villain, and while it’s not bad, she’s just forgettable. The writers didn’t give Priyanka much to work with. They gave most of the script to Dwayne and Zac. Priyanka, and some of the other cast members, are left out to dry. Which is a shame because Priyanka’s character probably could’ve been a lot fun to watch but the writers missed the boat on that one.

Another hit, is the comedy. While the actors do a good job making the film likable, the jokes are hit and miss. The comedy can be very crude and it can over stay it’s welcome way too often. Again, not all of the jokes land on the negative side of the spectrum, but more often than not, the comedy lands on the wrong side of town.

Another, odd but noticable, issue is the green screen effects. Most of these are just bad. Along with that, the action scenes aren’t shot that well. There are way too many close-ups and you can’t tell what’s going on half of the time. Which is a shame because the movie has actors who can pull off these stunts well but the director chose not to show them off.

Even though it was mentioned earlier, the plot is too condiluded. There’s way too much going to really comprehend. Most of the time, you might zone out trying to follow what’s going on. I know I did. Once the story gets back on track with the Baywatch crew, the movie starts to flow again. But when the plot derails, the plot just becomes a jumbled mess trying to surface to the top of the water.

Overall

Baywatch is a movie that goes over the top on purpose but it holds back in certain areas. And if the film decided to just go all out, it probably would’ve made it an awesome experience to witness but unfortunately, that’s not what we get here.

The film struggles with keeping the narrative clean and free of becoming a mess. The villain gets shafted. And the action scenes aren’t that great to look at. But the actors are likable. The jokes can be really funny from time to time. And Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson…enough said.

Baywatch isn’t a theater film but if you’re bored and this is in a Redbox, give it a quick look over. It’s light hearted enough to get a few laughs.

As usual, thanks for reading!

Cayle’s Movie Review: “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”

Guy Ritchie began his career as an indie director. Thanks to the successes of Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Ritchie started directing bigger budgeted movies such as the Sherlock Holmes movies. Now he tackles the King Arthur mythos with King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Ritchie is known for his dry, British sense of humor. While there were scenes throughout the movie that contained this element, they are scarce. The rest of the movie, however, is rather unexciting for such a big-budgeted epic thanks to its slow pacing. Even for a Guy Ritchie production, the editing of the movie is atrocious. During a montage of Arthur’s upbringing, it appeared that the editor had put the fast forward on by accident.

Jude Law as the Vortigern was the best part about this movie. His performance manages to give depth to an otherwise disposable villain role. It’s a crying shame that the rest of the cast seemed to be phoning it in with their performances. The worst performance of this movie, however, goes to Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey for her monotone delivery.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword had the potential to be a good movie with Ritchie sitting in the director’s chair. However, the movie is a mess in terms of tone and presentation.

SCORE: 5/10

Chris’ Movie Review: “Alien: Covenant”

Chris’ Movie Review

Alien: Covenant

Rating: 4/10 (Sub Par)
Recommendation: Redbox It

A prequel that’s a sequel to a prequel? Yeah…. It’s confusing but does this film answer all the questions you had to Alien? I don’t know.

Alien: Covenant stars Katherine Waterston (Daniels), Danny McBride (Tennessee), Micheal Fassbender (David/Walter), and Billy Crudup (Oram).

Plot Summary

A crew of passengers are on a mission to seek out a new planet to start a new colonization. While the passengers are in their cryogenic sleep, the ship encounters a problem and they lose some key crew members and passengers. As they mourn, they come across a “Ghost signal” and decide to inspect it.

They arrive at a different planet than originally planned and explore it. In doing so, they come across something unexpected. Something menacing.

Now the crew is in a fight for their lives as they battle aliens and come across a familiar face.

Review

Alien: Covenant is a movie that looked okay and came out just a little under average. This is a sequel to Prometheus and I’m not sure if it was needed. Some can say the same about Prometheus. But Prometheus excelled at searching for the unknown. Alien: Covenant doesn’t really do that.

For starters, the actors in Covenant are pretty good. Micheal Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, and Danny McBride lead the way in the cast and they really make up for the lack of action or mystery throughout this film. They provide interest and keep you invested throughout. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie fails to keep you motivated to keep watching the film.

The movie drags with a lot of it’s scenes. The runtime is 2 hours but it feels like 4. It’s not because the film needs constant action to keep it interesting but the mystery and explanations are either underwhelming or just hard to follow. When you finally get the answers you were waiting for, it’s just weak. Especially since you know what’s going to be said because of an earlier scene.

The reveal feels like it’s the main focal point of this film and it’s cover is blown with a previous scene. The audience is steps ahead of the crew by the time they learn the truth and it just becomes a waiting game to see how long the crew takes to learn of the truth. This takes away from the fun of the audience and the crew learning the answer at the same time and it just leaves you feeling stale and unemotional.

It’s just a shame that the reveal is underwhelming because the movie could’ve really excelled around this bit of information but it comes across as more of a let down than anything else.

The ending, you see it coming from miles away. I know it ties into the Alien franchise but for new audiences, this finale has no intrigue. The only thing it accomplishes is making you want to see Alien…. Mainly because it has to be more interesting than Covenant, right? (Quick secret, I haven’t watched Alien or Aliens. I’m bad at watching old movies for some reason.)

Now, there are some good action scenes in this movie. Watching the aliens come to life and attack the crew is exciting but these scenes are to far and in-between. If the mystery and dialogue was more interesting, then the film could get away with this but unfortunately, it just doesn’t execute in all of these places.

Overall

Alien: Covenant is an unnecessary prequel/sequel/prequel. If the movie followed Elizabeth Shaw from Prometheus, it would’ve been way better. Mainly because Elizabeth was the best character of these two films. Plus I really rooted for her. She was pretty cool.

The movie has a few good scenes. The action scenes aren’t too bad. And the acting is pretty solid. But the mystery is weak. The scenes drag on and on. And the reveal is just underwhelming.

This film is mainly for those who really need a sequel to Prometheus but since it doesn’t follow Shaw, I’m not sure who this movie’s target audience is.

As usual, thanks for reading!

Cayle’s Movie Review: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”

The second Guardians of the Galaxy has a lot to live up to thanks to the sleeper hit status of its predecessor. Thankfully, it manages to do that thanks to its witty dialogue and great characters.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is funnier than its predecessor. The movie ups the ante with its comedic elements thanks to the comradery of the main cast, speaking of which…

The film’s strongest asset is its ensemble cast. The main characters have a great chemistry with each other. This is essential because the main theme of the film is family.

What drags this film down, however, are its many subplots. At one point in the movie, the main characters are split up for a decent amount of running time. However, the subplots are rather uneven. While we get to know more about the relationship between Peter Quill/Star-Lord and Yondu, the relationship between Gamora and her sister Nebula seems rather rushed. All we know from their scenes together is that Thanos was their adoptive father…and that’s pretty much it.

Although this film isn’t as fresh and groundbreaking as its predecessor, it’s still a pretty impressive film.

SCORE: 8/10

Chris’ Movie Review: “King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword”

Chris’ Movie Review

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword

Rating: 3/10 (Bad)
Recommendation: Redbox It

Have you ever watched a film that was bad? But for all the right reasons?

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword stars Charlie Hunnam (Arthur), Jude Law (Vortigern), Astrid Berges-Frisbey (The Mage), Djimon Hounsou (Bedivere), and Eric Bana (Uther).

Plot Summary

As a young boy, Arthur watched his mother and dad perish in a fight against his uncle. Arthur escapes to a village where he is raised in brothel. As he ages, he learns the tricks of the trade and becomes a loyal man.

One day, Arthur is captured and taken to the king. He is forced to try and remove a sword from stone. As he removes it, the king realizes it’s Arthur and he’s taken into custody. From there, he escapes, with some help, and he learns the truth about the sword and it’s powers.

Review

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword is one of those films that’s so bad, it’s good. The movie doesn’t take itself seriously, so why should you? And this is a nice change of pace for once. Unlike Kong: Skull Island. That film still bores me.

For starters, Arthur is an asshole. Well, not entirely. He’s only a douche when the script calls for it. But he’s one of those types where you can hate him, even though he’s a dick. He comes off harsh but he has “Bro charm.” I don’t know if that’s a thing but it’s a thing now.

Now the editing of this movie is just awful…but awful good. The film can’t seem to keep a straight line but yet that makes the journey even better. The movie will just jump around so much that you aren’t really sure what’s actually happening or going on but you can’t help but laugh. The absurd cuts and scene transitions are just hilarious to witness and you can’t get mad while viewing it. It’s just stupid and none of it makes any sense.

Another point to hit on is the first 5-10 minutes. Oh my God. This made me laugh the most. They tell Arthur’s “growing up” story like someone put the movie on fast forward. Scenes just fly by and randomly slow down in the most awkward spots. Again, none of the cuts make sense, but damn it, it’s hilarious.

Now, to give the film some credit, it actually does give Arthur’s back story. Something not all movies do and it’s very visual. It tells you everything you need to know…. It’s just rushed through. It’s like the director is saying “We need to make this film fit under a 2 hour runtime. Just fast forward through Arthur’s childhood. No one will really care about that anyways.”

Jude Law is alright in this movie. Actually, all of the actors aren’t too bad. Except for Astrid, she was just flat out awful. You can tell the cast was either having fun with their role or not really sure what to do on set. They seemed​ lost sometimes because they’d just stand around talking and then a bunch of jump cuts will happen and the dialogue will skew all over the place. It’s sort of like those sketch acts in “Whose Line Is It Anyways” where someone would do report in front of a green screen and the person doing the reporting wouldn’t know what’s on the green screen but they’re trying their best to give you details about what’s going.

If you followed that, or have seen the show, that’s basically the whole movie in a nutshell. It’s just a bunch of actors trying to preform in front of a green screen and they don’t know what’s actually happening.

Overall

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword is a movie that Kong: Skull Island wasn’t. King Arthur is silly, stupid, and doesn’t make any sense. Kong tried to be that but none of the characters are really that memorable or likable.

The movie has some good action scenes. The cast is pretty likeable. And the laughs are great, even if they’re​ unintentional. But the accents are way too thick and the dialogue is just simple nonsense, the editing is just so bad, and the plot doesn’t really make any sense at all.

There’s really no reason to check this film out in theaters but if you’re bored and you’re tossing a few brews back, rent it. As long as you don’t take it seriously, you should get a few laughs in.

As usual, thanks for reading!

Chris’ Movie Review: “Snatched”

Chris’ Movie Review

Snatched

Rating: 6/10 (Fine)
Recommendation: Redbox It

Trainwreck was a pretty funny film. Amy Schumer had an all star cast to work with and she delivered. Now, with a much more limited cast, could Amy pull off another gem?

Snatched stars Amy Schumer (Emily Middleton), Goldie Hawn (Linda Middleton), and Ike Barinholtz (Jeffrey).

Plot Summary

Emily is a deadbeat. She doesn’t care much for anyone else but herself. She lost her job and her boyfriend left her. Emily heads back home and decides to invite her mom to Ecuador with her. She couldn’t get a refund for her tickets anyways.

When they arrive, Linda just wants to stay at home and Emily seeks adventure. When Emily meets a man, they have a good time and she tells him that they will meet up the next day. On the following day, the man takes Emily and Linda on a tour and then they both get kidnapped.

Now the two must work together so they can escape the kidnappers and Amazon alive.

Review

Snatched is one of those films where if you liked the trailer, you’ll probably like the movie. The previews tell you all you need to know about the film and the jokes are basically what you see while viewing the trailer. The movie doesn’t provide very many surprises outside of that.

For starters, Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer play off each other well. The two are “Mom and daughter” and, if you didn’t know they weren’t, you could honestly believe that they were in real life. Their chemistry is pretty tight and they play their roles exceptionally well. Too bad the comedy wasn’t on par with their relationship.

As I’ve harkened on in the past, comedy is very subjective. We all have our very personal taste in humor. With that being said, Snatched doesn’t provide top notch jokes, like Trainwreck did, for me. The film falls short with some very obvious humor and you can see a joke coming from miles ahead. It’s not too say there aren’t any good sketches throughout but, for the most, everything is very dull.

Another hit is the characters. Amy’s character grows way too late in the film. She doesn’t necessarily become a better person until the third act and, at that point, it’s just a cop out. The movie follows a very standard character progression and, while it could be hidden with good jokes, the film is hung out to dry as it suffers through it’s clichés.

Another negative is the gross out scene, without giving the main one away, there’s a scene that just feels way out of left field and thrown to get at least one laugh but it’s just sort of awful to watch. Again, it’s all subjective, but the scene just didn’t need to be there and the humor isn’t very good throughout it. Is it the only one? Yes, that I can recall at least, but it’s enough to stick with you bad or good.

Now a positive is the story’s pacing. The flow of the movie is actually pretty well done. A lot of scenes are very descriptive and the adventure really feels fleshed out. This is definitely one of the better aspects of the film and, if you do decide to check it out, it will keep you entertained, at least with it’s plot that is.

Overall

Snatched is one of those movies that can get you to laugh a few times and it will give you an enjoyable setting but the film will most likely be forgotten over time.

The jokes aren’t that great. The gross out scene didn’t need to be in the film. And the character development comes way too late and it’s not hidden behind good humor. But the story’s pacing is good, the flow of the film can be enticing, and the chemistry between Amy and Goldie is wonderful.

It’s not a movie to run out to the theaters to watch, hell I was the only one watching it, but if you see it lying around, it won’t hurt to watch at least once.

As usual, thanks for reading!