“Furthering the “”good”” vs “”entertaining”” dichotomy, we come to Baywatch. I remember being concerned from the first trailer that the tone seemed inconsistent. Was direction was the humor going? Self aware parody? Hard R? Visual slapstick? I couldn’t tell. Now that I’ve seen it, I’m still not sure which way I would classify it, and I don’t think they really knew either.
Watching it, I couldn’t help but think that it was a bad movie. Yet somehow, I was having a lot of fun watching it. I mean, it’s exactly what I want in a summer movie: action, humor, pretty cast, fun vibe. It’s just nothing that I would consider quality.
And yet, it was utterly fun and watchable. I was with every predictable beat and lame attempt at humor. Maybe The Rock and Zac Efron just have so much combined charisma, they can carry anything. Maybe I was just euphoric because I was watching this at Downtown Disney, taking a break after standing in line for the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride for a longer period of time than I care to admit right now. I don’t know, but at the time, it felt like a perfect summer movie. On reflection, it was oh so wrong.
But you know I value entertainment over quality so I’m gonna call it a qualified win. It’s a fun mindless afternoon, just know what you’re in for.
Baywatch – \m/ \m/ \m/ \n”