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Review Baywatch (2017): I'll be damned I actually liked it!

genre: comedy, crime, action

As someone who isn't real happy with the trend to reboot and remake films of shows of my childhood this one was done quite well. It's very flawed and far from perfect but it knows what it is and embraces it fully.

Another curious aspect of reboots and remakes of older films and shows is the fact that they are being turned into comedies. Baywatch might have been a bizarre phenomenon it was never a comedy. So when they announced it was going to be a comedy with a dime in dozen plot I was very sceptical. And apart from some predictable gross out moments I did find myself spontaneously laughing at the majority of the jokes. It's far from clever but most of them they were referring to the random events the Baywatch lifeguards are involved in. Of course lifeguards don't fight crimes or do half the things they do in this film. But the film reminds you that they are aware and while not laugh out loud funny it did make it comedic. The ones that do make you laugh hard are of the There's Something About Mary variety and of course very sexual and a bit juvenile. Although they could have gone full retard like in Dirty Grandpa but wisely chosen to not go over the top. All of the characters were likeable even if Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson keep playing the same role over and over again. Somehow they get away with it. Probably because of their charm. Priyanka Chopra was adequate as the villain. I don't think she ever played one before but nothing remarkable. But I am glad to see her having success in Hollywood and Bollywood at the same time. Like in the show most of the characters also serve as eye candy still we have to give the film makers some credit for not having all of them portrayed as bimbo's. Except for Efron. But he probably enjoys it.

The expected cameos were present and I personally would have wished more would have been done with them still they were nice and respectful nods so can't really complain all too much. So yes Baywatch might exactly be the typical crime comedy you expect. Still it was funny and entertaining and isn't that what counts?

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