Baywatch (2017) is the hot, action-packed bromance that you didn’t know you needed- but trust me, you do.
This spandex-clad movie is a big-screen adaptation of the television series beloved throughout the 1990’s and beyond. Dwayne Johnson steps into David Hasselhoff‘s role as Mitch Buchannon, the lead lifeguard who is pushed to hire loose cannon Matt Brody, played by Zac Efron. Together, with the rest of the Baywatch, they investigate and take down a major drug operation, saving a couple of lives on the beach along the way.
Going into the movie, I wasn’t expecting much, but came out happily surprised that I laughed, cringed, and chuckled throughout the film. The opening scene is nothing short of spectacular. Unlike the TV series, the film brings the R rating with plenty of name calling between the two guys, and even the girls like to join in with the occasional burn.
This modern day rendition has a lot of violence and guns, a 21 Jump Street style of comedy that sometimes doesn’t quite hit the mark, though as a whole, makes the most of dick jokes and nods toward the original show. David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson appear in the movie as short cameos, which is nice for those who remember the series.
In addition to being great comedians who can easily pull this type of film off, Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron ensure that the focus isn’t just on women in bikinis. While there’s still plenty of that, their presence definitely evens things out a bit. Overall, Baywatch is an entertaining summer flick and a fun throwback for fans.