‘Baywatch’, both a re-make and send-up of the sunburned TV lifeguard drama from the 1990’s, isn’t near as bad as you’ve heard.
….but then, you’ve probably hard that it’s really, really bad.
Here’s the deal; the small screen concept was a bit of a joke to begin with. The idea of beach lifeguards playing cops/detectives is fundamentally ridiculous – to make fun of it isn’t a big stretch. And it does provide some fun moments.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s rock-hard biceps and Zac Efron’s chiselled six pack star in ‘Baywatch’. (And if you’re wondering why body parts get top billing, you obviously don’t understand what is and has ALWAYS made ‘Baywatch’ tick.) The women, including Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach and Ilfenesh Hadera are all present, scantily clad as promised. But there’s little doubt, this is Johnson & Efron’s show – and they somehow find time in-between crunches to squeeze in some comic charisma.
Stealing his character’s name from David Hasselhoff, Johnson’s hero lifeguard Mitch Buchannon takes his job so seriously, he completely ignores jurisdictional boundaries. And his overzealous energy gets his team tangled up in a dangerous drug-running operation masterminded by Priyanka Chopra, who hides her dastardly maneuvers inside murky real estate dealings. Efron is a disgraced Gold Medal swimmer, so cocky he thinks he’s too good to have to audition to be on Mitch’s elite squad – but he’s also the only team member willing to question why the lifeguards are infiltrating everything from morgues to swanky parties to sniff out drugs, branding Mitch’s plans as, “..sounding entertaining, but far-fetched TV show”.
True dat. And faithful to its source, ‘Baywatch’ celebrates camp. So at least you know exactly what you’re gonna get.