Chris’ Movie Review: Cars 3

Chris’ Movie Review

Cars 3

Rating: 6/10 (Fine)

Recommendation: Redbox It

The movie is better than Cars 2.

Cars 3 stars Owen Wilson (Lightning McQueen), Cristela Alonzo (Cruz Ramirez), Kerry Washington (Natalie Certain), Nathan Fillion (Sterling), and Armie Hammer (Jackson Storm).

Plot Summary

Lightning McQueen is aging in the racing world. He is falling behind the newer cars and after an awful accident, he’s not sure if he can ever comeback.

After some soul searching, he goes into training, determined to become number one for one last time. But there’s a twist to the story.

Review

Cars 3 is a movie that surpasses Cars 2 in every way…. But it doesn’t compete with the first film all that much. While the original Cars had a basic setup, it had heart and a sense of openness and adventure. Cars 3, sort of has these qualities, but it’s missing some key elements.

For starters, the animation isn’t as crisp at the first trailer presented. When the teaser first dropped, the animation looked amazing. It was so life like and beautiful to look at. But the film doesn’t hold up to it’s initial introduction. Yes, it’s good animation but it’s not the prestine quality of the first ever look we got into this sequel.

The next issue is the story. While the elements are fine, the plot tends feel like it has no direction. It feels like the film wants to be 4 different movies at once, instead of just focusing on the one story they have in front of them. It’s not to say the movie is hard to follow but more along the lines of it didn’t know what it’s identity was.

The voice acting of this film is, alright. Owen Wilson does a great Lightning McQueen but he feels tired and worn out, which is proper for his role, but this allows for Cristela to be the shining light of the movie. And well….

If there’s one aspect of this film that may turn people away slightly, it’s Cruz Ramirez. She’s an enthusiastic car that’s always dreamed of racing. Her personality is bright, bubbly, and determined. But she can wain on you as a viewer. Much like Lightning in the first movie, Cruz can be similar in her presence. It’s not that she’s snobby but she is in your face every second she can get. You will not be able to avoid her. This could be a good or bad thing, depending on how you take her in as a character.

Another negative is the first half. It is painfully slow. The movie gives you your cameos of all the characters you remember and then it meamders around until the film finally realizes it’s time to start getting a move on and even after it starts to pick up, it feels like the film is dragging it’s feet to the finish line. Again, it’s nothing that’s bad but you will become bored because you’re waiting for that epic moment to arrive…. Which it kind of never does.

Without spoilers, the trailer promises a lot of changes. It comes off as a deep meaningful sequel that will change your outlook on the Cars franchise forever (at least that’s what I got from it). Well, it doesn’t fully deliver on it’s promise.

To put it lightly, the film doesn’t allow for certain elements to grow throughout the duration. And if it did, this movie could come off more like the first Cars. Now the the third act gives you some of that perspective but it doesn’t fully feel like it earned it, leaving the ending to feel hollow and unfulfilled. It’s just a let down after what all the trailers seemed to have promised us.

Overall

Cars 3 is a movie that didn’t live up to the trailers. There’s really nothing that’s bad about the movie but everything is more or less just mediocre, with a few good elements sprinkled in.

The animation isn’t as great as it could be, the story wanders off from time to time, and the first half is really tedious. But the voice acting is fine. The plot does pick up in the second half. And third act does conclude the film series, hopefully, nicely.
The movie just feels like a disappointment when it shouldn’t. If it focused more on certain aspects or changed the plot entirely, the film could’ve ended as the premiere highlight of the Cars franchise.

As usual, thanks for reading!

Chris’ Movie Review: It Comes At Night

Chris’ Movie Review

It Comes At Night

Rating: 8/10 (Good)
Recommendation: Pay The 8

I’m doing my summer trips. As a truck driver, I’m never for sure if I’m going to be able to see a movie on time. With that being said, I’ll try my best to at least get to one of the main films out that weekend. Yesterday was an exception because I had a full day to hit up the theater but that isn’t always the case. Also, the reviews may come very sporadically but if I see the movie, it will be reviewed.

It Comes At Night stars Joel Edgerton (Paul), Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Travis), Chris Abbott (Will), Carmen Ejogo (Sarah), and Riley Keough (Kim).

Plot Summary

Paul, Travis, and Sarah all live in the woods together. No one is around them for miles. They are hunkered down in a house with food, water, and other supplies. The reason? Let’s leave it at that.

Review

It Comes At Night has a plot that I don’t want to discuss. The trailer for this movie is perfect in the sense that it doesn’t give anything away…except the wrong perception. The preview toys with you and the film does the exact same thing throughout.

For starters, all the actors did great here. Especially Joel and Kelvin. This cast brings out the tension and human nature in the moment, perfectly. There are so many tough decisions for these characters to make and each actor portrays each action extremely well. They really suck the audience​ into the film and make you feel like you’re there with them through these moments as well.

Minor Spoilers! (Not the ending though. Just plot elements.)

Another great part is the unknown. The trailer gives you almost no information to go on and the film takes that idea and runs with it. The characters in this movie have no clue what’s going on in the outside world. All they know is that there’s a virus and it contaminates humans and maybe even animals. But the perfect part is, the audience doesn’t know what’s going on either.

This movie doesn’t give answers. It only makes more questions. And, this time around, it works. The whole set up is that a family lives in the woods alone. Their Grandpa grows ill and has to be put down (That’s the opening 5 minutes by the way). But this family is disconnected with the rest of the world. They don’t how the disease works or how many people have it and so on. So the questions raised throughout the film are totally justified because they can’t answer any of them for us either.

Along with that, the atmosphere is perfect. The true horror is not knowing what’s going on around the world or even in your own back yard. The woods is always a good setup for scary movies and it works here as a psychological thriller as well. They can’t overlook a valley or an open field. They can just see trees and they never know what’s hiding behind them.

End Spoilers!

Now this film does come with some faults. The first is the dream sequences. Travis has a bunch of these throughout the movie and they leave you slightly confused at times. Some seem to be foreshadowing and some seem to be trying to send a message of sorts. The dreams can mess with the film in the sense that you’re not always sure what’s real and what isn’t…. Which can work slightly in this movie’s favor too.

There are parts where the dreams intertwine with the film and they make you question what’s real? Usually these are done as a “fake out” but here, they’re more there to set the mood and make the viewer wonder what’s really going on. Now, this does get a little irritating, especially with the ending, but some of these dreams work well and some don’t. A lot of this will really depend on how you look at the movie in general. But speaking of the ending….

Okay, so maybe it was just the audience I was with but a lot of us seemed a little jolted/confused with the finale. The conclusion of this film just ends. Which is odd because a lot of the movie is build up and tension based but here, it just sort of gives you what you need and leaves.

I’m not going to exactly say what happens but I think the reason we were a bit lost was because there wasn’t an answer for any of what we just saw and we really wanted some explanations for what we witnessed. Because there is one moment in the film that still baffles me.

Again, I’m not giving away specifics but there is a scene that just doesn’t make any sense. Unless I missed it or this could happen, this scene potentially answers the movie’s ending or makes it even more confusing. But I’ll let you make your own opinion on that and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about when you get there.

Overall

It Comes At Night is a movie that questions humanity and how far you’d go to protect your family. It also provides fear and tension of the unknown perfectly.

The dream sequences can get a little muddled at times. The ending might be confusing. And there’s one moment that needs explaining (Unless I missed it). But the actors are wonderful, the atmosphere of unknown keeps you on edge, and the plot is compelling from start to finish as you try to figure out what’s going on.

This movie may not fit everyone’s needs but give it a chance. You might surprise yourself with how differently the film makes you think and feel.

As usual, thanks for reading!

Chris’ Movie Review: “Megan Leavey”

Chris’ Movie Review

Megan Leavey

Rating: 7/10 (Satisfying)

Recommendation: Redbox It

Megan Leavey stars Kate Mara (Megan Leavey), Ramon Rodriguez (Matt Morales), Tom Felton (Srgt. Andrew Dean), Common (Gunny Martin), and Rex (Megan’s dog).

Plot Summary

Megan Leavey is a person with no true direction in life. Her best friend died, her mom seems more concerned about herself, and Megan is an introvert. After being fired from her for being hung over, Megan decides it’s time to get away and she signs up for the Marines.

Once boot camp is completed, Megan goes out with a few friends and gets into trouble for going to the bathroom in the bushes. She is then ordered to clean up the kennels where future war dogs are trained.

Seeing how the dogs connect with their fellow humans, Megan goes about trying to become a dog handler. After completing the necessary requirements, she gets Rex, and from there, they begin to bond and deal with the true harshness of war.

Review

Megan Leavey is a film that gives us respect to the unsung heroes of war, the dogs and their handlers. The movie also showcases how close these people can become to their companions and how their dog can mean so much to them even after their tour is over. So thank you for those who have served or are serving. You are appreciated in every sense of the word. But there is still a review to be had, so let’s go.

For starters, Kate Mara is solid. She is the main focus, other than Rex, and she gives off a good performance with everything that’s given to her. Her portrayal of the real life Megan Leavey feels genuine and well researched. But, with all that being said, the movie does fail her in some aspects.

The first negative is the main character’s development. The back story of Megan’s life is hit and miss. While we do get a grasp on the basics, there are a lot of things that just aren’t explained that well. For instance, it’s never really said why she resents her mother so much. There is speculation but we’re sort of left in the dark as an audience.

Now, this is based on a true story, so Megan may not have wanted to express each of these elements fully in the film, and we should respect that, but it does leave a hole development wise. There are other elements like this throughout the movie, such as her relationship with her dad and sort of boyfriend that comes out of no where. But depending on how you look at it, it may not bother you any. It just needs to be mentioned.

Another hit is scene transitions. The movie really flies by, which is a good thing in this case, but there are a lot of scenes that don’t seem to fully take. For instance, Megan’s time spent with Rex is a little more implied than shown throughout the film and that takes away from the audience to really get a good feel on how close these two are.

It’s not that we don’t get the gist but that’s it. We mainly get briefings as opposed to getting a well detailed amount of development between her and her dog. Again, it’s not a huge issue but if they spent more time with this connection, we could really get some tears in the audience.

Now a positive is the war scenes. These are directed in a way where you’re never sure what’s going to happen next or if anyone is going to die in the process. The camera work is a bit shaky but it’s not so disorienting that you can’t tell what going on. They are well directed scenes and, for a movie that seems a little bit on the low budget side, this is a great achievement.

The side actors are pretty good in this movie as well. Even though this is Kate’s film, the backing cast comes through with the roles and doesn’t just let Kate handle the whole movie by herself. She definitely gets support throughout.

Another good thing is the relationship with Megan and Rex. Even though the film doesn’t go all out with their connection, we do get a good sense of what Rex means to Megan. Rex is a huge part of Megan’s life and he’s saved her and thousands of others. So when we get to the part where Megan decides to leave the military, and she can’t take her dog with, we do become saddened and want her to fight with all Megan’s life to get Rex back.

Overall

Megan Leavey is a movie that’s an overall satisfying biography. It showcases the main highlights of Megan’s life and presents us a side of the war that we may, or may not, have known about.

The movie doesn’t give enough character depth. The scenes can tend to go by too quickly at times. And the relationship between Rex and Megan is a bit more off screen than on screen at times. But Kate Mara and the side actors have a solid performance, the war scenes are well directed, and from what we do get between Rex and Megan, is pretty good.

It’s not a perfect biography but it shouldn’t be fully overlooked either. It’s compelling enough that you will most likely be more invested with it than The Mummy.

As usual, thanks for reading!

Chris’ Movie Review: The Mummy (2017)

Chris’ Movie Review

The Mummy (2017)

Rating: 4/10 (Sub Par)

Recommendation: Skip It

Tom Cruise in an summer Blockbuster? No way. Let’s go check that out….

I regret doing movie reviews as a hobby sometimes.

The Mummy stars Tom Cruise (Nick Morton), Russell Crowe (Dr. Henry Jekyll), Annabelle Wallis (Jenny Halsey), Jake Johnson (Chris Vail), and Sofia Boutella (Ahmanet).

Plot Summary

Nick and Chris are theives. While they’re on a scavenger​ hunt for treasure, they come across a group of terrorists. They get caught in the middle of cross fire and Chris calls in an air strike. In doing so, the missile blows up an opening to an Egyptian tomb. Nick and Chris are joined by Jenny, an archeologist, to explore what’s inside. But, little did they know, they opened a grave that was never meant to be discovered.

Now Nick, Chris, and Jenny must fight the new evil they’ve unleashed into the world, also while Nick fights the curse within himself.

Review

The Mummy is one of those really generic action movies that gets put out every summer to make a buck. The plot isn’t very important. The characters are left to really basic stereotypes. And the actors can choose whether or not they want to put effort into the film.

For starters, Tom Cruise does his Tom Cruise acting. It’s not bad, he’s actually pretty decent, but it’s what you expect from an Tom Cruise action flick. He comes in, runs a little, gives his half open mouth look, and gives a few snarky lines. And, even with his typical tropes, he’s the most compelling character of the bunch.

The writers really didn’t put a lot of thought into the characters of this film. Each one is a trope and there’s​ nothing exciting or interesting about the individual. They’re cardboard cutouts of characters you’ve seen before, stuck in a movie, that you’ve seen before.

The plot of this film is sort of a mess. While it’s easy to get the gist of what’s going on, the details are just dull or hard to understand. When the story starts to dive into itself, it just becomes uninteresting and confusing, and you want the movie too just get back into the action because those sections are at least compelling to watch…. Well, not all of them.

The ending is awfully boring and uneventful. Throughout the film, Tom is fighting Sofia and the tension keeps building upon itself, giving you the expectation that the concluding battle is going to be epic…. But it’s not. The finale is nothing more than a simple slap across the face and a 3 minute fix to the problem. Which is super disappointing considering how much build up was given in the rest of the movie. That and you’ve just sat through 2 hours of mediocre crap for a lackluster ending.

Now the only true reason to see this film is because of the action scenes (Other than the ending). These scenes are captivating, thrilling to watch, and Tom Cruise really sells each scene. The tension and emotion from Tom really gives these scenes an edge and it’ll make grip your seat a little bit throughout. But only a little bit. It’s not Edge Of Tomorrow or anything like that.

Overall

The Mummy (2017) is a sub par action movie that is only there for you to waste your money at theaters. You may get a few cheap thrills but there’s nothing of substance here.

The action scenes can be good. Once in awhile there’s a good line or two. And Tom Cruise does give it his all. But the characters are generic, the plot of messy, and the ending is extremely underwhelming.

In all honesty, go watch Wonder Woman. And if you’ve already seen it, go watch it again. You’ll get your money’s worth that way.

As usual, thanks for reading!

Chris’ Movie Review: Captain Underpants: The First Movie

Chris’ Movie Review

CaptainUnderpants: The First Movie

Rating: 7/10 (Satisfying)

Recommendation: Pay The 8

I used to read the Captain Underpants books growing and they were fun. They weren’t the greatest but there was creativity and sense of child life fun, but they are also very short.

So the question becomes, how do you make a movie out of such little material? And, most of all, how do you make it good?
Captain Underpants: The First Movie stars Kevin Hart (George), Thomas Middleditch (Harold), Ed Helms (Mr. Krupp/Captain Underpants), and Nick Kroll (Professor Poopypants).

Plot Summary

George and Harold are 4th graders (I think, I kind of forgot) that have been friends since kindergarten. They love to hang out, write comics, and, most of all, laugh. But the school they attend is full of dullness and no fun.

Mr. Krupp is the principal of this school and he doesn’t like children having fun or creativity. One day, George and Harold pull the ultimate prank but they caught in the process. Mr. Krupp is about to assign the two to different classes but George hypnotizes​ the principal and they make him become Captain Underpants.

Now the kids must keep Captain Underpants under control and also defeat a future foe who is out to kill laughter once and for all.

Review

Captain Underpants is one of those movies that, once you see the trailer, you know who the target audience is. It’s not too say adults can’t enjoy kid’s films, I like a lot of them, but this one seemed to be on the more low brow side than usual…. But that’s the point. It’s a Captain Underpants film.

For starters, the voice acting in this movie is really solid. Ed and Nick have a great presence and they act they part so seeminglessly, that you get sucked into the character and not the person behind the mic. But I know what you’re thinking. How does Kevin and Thomas pull off kids’ voices? Well, I’m not sure, but I have a guess.

Kevin and Thomas don’t try to pull off high pitched vocals. They, more or less, just use their normal everyday voices and it’s not distracting. Now what it sounds like, unless it was the theater, is they mixed the sound too cutback on the volume of the main leads. Kevin doesn’t come across as harsh as he usually does and Thomas isn’t as forceful as you’d think he would be. These two voice actors really fit their character type and, to be honest, you won’t even notice that they’re grown adults most of the time because of how well they voice their parts.

Now, one of the more surprising aspects, is the story telling. The runtime of this film is short. It goes for about 80 minutes and that’s it. You’re in and you’re out. And with the comic book being so short itself, this really benefits the film as a whole.

The plot may whiz by but it tells the origin of Captain Underpants, shows a villain’s back story, gives a look into Mr. Krupp’s personal life, and gives you a peak into George and Harold’s humble beginnings.

The film is able to cover all of these elements and it spaces them out properly, giving each section enough time to process through your mind. It’s really quite brilliant, especially when some movies can’t handle a basic character set up. (Cough Life [Earlier this year] Cough). But this movie doesn’t come without it’s flaws.

One of the negatives is the animation. It’s not that great. Maybe it was the texture or designs but the animation isn’t the greatest to look at…but it’s not the worst either. It’s colorful and fast moving but it just doesn’t feel as sharp as it could be. Granted, this movie might have been on the lower side of the budget, there’s even a joke thrown in the middle about it, but this is a DreamWorks film. You’d expect just a little bit better.

The next issue is the comedy. Obviously this is for kids. There is some adult comedy thrown in and you should get some laughs but, at a certain point, the potty jokes get little old. I know, it’s Captain Underpants but they over use the toilet humor just a tad too much. If they cut back on it some, it would’ve been fine. And, yes, I know comedy is subjective. So this may not be an problem with you, which is completely fine as well. It just needs to be pointed out.

Overall

Captain Underpants is a movie that’s not that long and, in return, it gets a short review. The film isn’t going to be mind blowing, like most Pixar movies, but nothing about the film is horrible. It gets you in and gets you out. What else could you want as a parent?

The animation isn’t on par as other DreamWorks films, the humor can be a tad annoying, and there are  one or two slow scenes. But the voice acting is really good. The story telling is thorough, even with it’s short run time, and this movie feels like a faithful adaptation to the source material. Something not all films get these days.

At the end of the day, as mentioned many times, it’s a Captain Underpants movie. You shouldn’t expect much but the people behind scenes really put some time and effort into this film. And, if you grew up reading the comics or you’re just going because of your kids, you might find yourself enjoying this movie by the very end too.

As usual, thanks for reading!

Chris’ Movie Review: Wonder Woman

Chris’ Movie Review

Wonder Woman

Rating: 8/10 (Good)

Recommendation: Pay The 8

Oh my God. Wonder Woman is such a bad ass. I never knew and now that I know, I feel so ashamed that I didn’t know. We need more movies of Wonder Woman. Or hell, let’s get a Super Girl movie out here. Let’s get these women more recognized.

Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot (Diana/Wonder Woman), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor), and IMDB the rest because there are so many side characters.

Plot summary

Diana is a God. She just doesn’t know it yet. Growing up as a small child, she’s deterred from learning combat by her mom. Her mother wants Diana stay away from learning self defense but Diana persists and learns against her mother’s wishes.

One day, Diana is staring out into the sea when she sees a man crash land into water. Diana dives into the sea to save him and drags him up onto the shore. But along with saving this man, an enemy army of Germans comes into the Amazon territory.

From this moment on, Diana learns that there’s evil, death, and despair in the world and she wants to save the innocent from suffering and to bring peace back into this world.

Review

Wonder Woman is a movie that I was hoping they wouldn’t screw up. Not because I’m very familiar with the character herself but because we needed a good DC film. There’s been so many bombs as of late that the DC universe virtually had nothing left to stand on other than The Dark Knight. And thank goodness they pulled through with Wonder Woman.

For starters, all the actors are tremendous. The cast plays well off each other and you just can’t help but enjoy each and every quirk they bring. Hell, even the villains are played well…even if they’re not the best written but the actors play their part well. But nothing compares to the chemistry of Gal and Chris.

Gal and Chris are at the top of their game here. They play off each extremely well. Their chemistry and love really hook you into this film and it makes you really care for the them on screen. And the best part, there isn’t a damsal in distress either.

Obviously, Chris Pine’s character is a mortal human but what makes his character work so well is that he doesn’t just sit back and let Wonder Woman do all the work. Chris’ character is involved with almost every scene. He jumps into battle just as much as Diana does and he always has her back. This, combined with his character’s personality, really makes a strong bond with the audience and Diana. And speaking of which.

Gal Gadot is fantastic. I think I heard that there was some backlash to Gal playing this part, but those haters can go watch another movie. Gal is Wonder Woman. Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve never really been invested with this character in the past but when you see Gal portray Diana, you just can’t see someone else doing it. She seems to hit all of the right notes with Diana’s energy, sense of wonderment, joy, curiosity, obliviousness, and so on. Maybe you can call me out and say that I don’t know enough about Wonder Woman to make this judgment but what can I say? Gal does a great job here. If she didn’t, I’d tell ya about it.

Another good aspect is some of the action scenes…not all of them are good though. I’ll touch on that in a minute but the ones that are good, are good. Some of the action scenes really show off how powerful Wonder Woman is and, to any new comers, this is great. When the camera work and special effects are on their game, Diana’s powers really come through and shine a light on how awesome she is as a hero.

Now, there are some missteps in this movie. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, some of the CGI and action scenes don’t always blend. There are quite a few blatant moments when Diana will be doing a super hero move and it’s greatly exposed to the weakness of the CGI mixing. Maybe they didn’t have the budget to really put in those finishing touches but those scenes are still there and they’re​ really noticable. Almost to the point where they’re distracting.

To keep on with the previous paragraph, some of the action sequences seem like a bit of a stretch. Again, the CGI doesn’t always help but the way the scene is setup really tests your limits on believability. Which, this just might be my personal experience but you might see it too.

There’s one scene in particular where Diana explodes through a room and there are a bunch of men standing around with guns. When Diana goes to attack these individuals, you notice that there’s a sense of lag. Yes, the action does get slowed down but there isn’t a lot of flow in how the hero is fighting against the enemy in this room. This occurs occasionally throughout the movie too. It’s not a huge problem but, again, it’s noticable.

Another hit is the villains. Which is odd because DC usually has great enemies but this time around, DC failed us as an audience. Now it’s not too say they were awful, but they’re just forgettable. They don’t really do a lot of talking or take very many actions. Hell, there’s three of them and one of them comes in as a twist villain. It’s just a shame that they didn’t take full advantage of these characters. The writers did so well with the heroes this time around that you wish the villains were just as good.

Lastly, Diana can get a little annoying. It’s not Gal’s fault for this but it’s Diana’s contestant persistence that if she kills this one man, every evil thing will stop. Which, yes, she was taught that from an early age, so she knows nothing else, but Steve tries to tell her a different perspective and Diana will have nothing to do with that. This is a very minor issue, because of she was raised, but it’s worth mentioning because some other people might feel the same way as well.

Overall

Wonder Woman is a movie that bases it’s strength off it’s main heroes and throws in some really good action scenes, when it’s not too busy worrying about budget cuts, to give it’s character the seal of approval of a “Bad Ass.”

The multiple villains aren’t very well written. The CGI can be really off at times. And Diana’s stubbornness can wain on you a tad. But the movie is shot well, there is humor and well written characters, And Chris Pine and Gal Gadot carry this film all the way to the finish line with how well they work off each other and how invested you will become with these two on screen.

I might be hyping this movie up a bit and I might be putting to much stock into how much I like the characters, that I’m over looking everything else but, damn it, DC gave us a good movie. After DC has shafted us film after film, it’s about time that we get to sit back and actually enjoy a good film, that isn’t perfect, but brings a lot of joy to it’s viewers, for once in a long time. And you may disagree but I had a blast watching this. Something I can’t say about Suicide Squad, Batman V. Superman, Man Of Steel, or others. The Dark Knight Rises I’m borderline on.

As usual, thanks for reading!

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.

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