Review : Baywatch

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“Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon butts heads with a brash new recruit, as they uncover a criminal plot that threatens the future of the bay.”

Baywatch the movie 2017 is here to signal the start of summer, and beach bod season, but its also supposed to make us laugh so does it? Yes and no, what we have here is a tale of two movies, or rather two directions. This movie is rated R, and it should be, and I feel like when its doing its rated R stuff it flounders, but when it does the PG-13 stuff, its genuinely funnier. The raunchy bits of the movie while I can see their appeal, just seem a bit lazy here, you know, going for the cheap shot. When the movie is more heartfelt and orthodox in its humour, its definitely funnier, and even more entertaining. All the cast here is great, even though some of them like Alexandra Daddario have smaller roles than I would have imagined, while some of the smaller roles like Yahya AbdulMateen II’s police officer are pretty well done, and feel impactful. This movie also feels double sided in its visuals. It goes from having some of the most fake fire I’ve ever seen in a movie, to having some stunning tracking and action shots of the cast when they have their full Baywatch moments. All in all I think this movie is a bit of a mixed bag, but with a 69 (that has to be on purpose right?) million dollar budget, I think it has a good chance of making enough to get a sequel, which with the potential from this movie, has the chance to be better.

Review Score : 5 out of 10

Review : Neighbors

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“A couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house..”

 

And by unexpected difficulties they mean a literal family versus fraternity turf war. Seth Rogen and Zac Efron go from bros to bitter enemies in mere minutes, leaving us with most of the movie for tit for tat battles and hilarity to ensue. To get it out of the way, yes this movie is funny, and I mean really funny. Even those who may consider the humor on hand to be “low brow”, funny is funny. The thing that really makes this movie what it is, is a very solid supporting cast that always hit their mark and keep the jokes constantly coming. One of the more, maybe surprising things here is the cheer quality of Rose Byrne. Most comedies that aren’t bridesmaids or something of the like relegate supporting female characters to just some added sex appeal and the occasional joke. Not in this movie. As her character of the wife and mother she really plays a secondary lead role here. It’s very refreshing that they allow her to have her Australian accent here, and that she could laugh at herself enough to do some of the scenes she had (let’s just say “you have to milk me”). On the other side, Dave Franco and the rest of the supporting fraternity cast are stop on for the most part never detract from any scene that they are in. Now this isn’t a perfect movie by any means, but it does what it does very well, and does well to avoid what it doesn’t do well. Some of the jokes can suffer from some over played subject matter, and there definitely is a very solid edge of vulgarity on display here. The overall biggest surprise here, for me at least, is just how well Rogen and Efron play off of each other. So in the end, Neighbors makes us laugh silly, but isn’t full entirely of those kind of jokes you and your buddies are going to be re-telling for years to come.

 

Review Score : 8 out of 10