Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) and his new recruit Matt Brody (Zac Efron) are constantly butting heads. Their clash of styles leads to some laughs, but also sets them down a criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.
The thing about Baywatch is that I thought it’d be a lot better. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad movie by any stretch of the imagination. It was just disappointing, I was hoping for a film that made me double over laughing, like a 21 Jump Street. Baywatch had its moments but not enough to get you through some of the conventional plot elements.
Most of the blame falls on director Seth Gordon. At some points he’s directing a music video, and at others it’s a paint by numbers buddy cop story. Some of the editing here is crazy too, jumpcut YouTube at its finest. His direction was average, but the poor editing and, music video type of sequences really makes it worse.
What can I say about Dwayne Johnson that hasn’t already been said. His performance here is charismatic and charming as always. He delivers his lines with great timing, and plays well off of his costars, particularly Zac Efron. He found his niche, these R rated comedies with a ton of raunchy humor. Efron looks comfortable in these roles, and I personally enjoy his comedic timing and delivery. He plays the cocky character very well here, some of his scenes with Johnson are hilarious.
I enjoyed the women of Baywatch as well Summer Quinn (Alexandra Daddario), C.J. Parker (Kelly Rohrbach), and Stephanie Holden (IIfenesh Haden) all have fun moments, and some time to shine. Rohrbach does especially well, she’s charming, quick witted and has and conveys an infection personality. Daddario does her thing, she’s been great in all her roles, and that doesn’t change here. Haden is more then bad ass type, and she fell into that role well too. Priyanka Chopra plays the big bad, and she’s great, but the script doesn’t have enough in it to bring out the best in any of this cast.
Jon Bass is the comedic relief here, and all of his stuff falls flat for me. It just didn’t hit, I don’t think I chucked once during his scenes. I understand what they were going for, but it just didn’t land.
Baywatch is a mixed bag. There’s some laughs to be had, but at the end of the day you won’t remember Baywatch. Johnson and Efron shine along with Daddario, Rohrbach, and Priyanka. Good performances in a film that was written in the most basic way possible, but hey, there are some cameos you’ll definitely enjoy.