Don’t walk it’s time to run Slow motion style as Paramount Pictures teases us with the first UK trailer for Baywatch the movie washes ashore online. Next Summer it’s going to be the battle of the bods as the great one Dwayne Johnson pits in a show-off, pecs against Zac Efron. In the words of the classic Marylin Manson song this looks like “The Beautiful People” in their swimming cozzies, and these boys have competition, Alexandra Daddario. Check out the trailer…
The 1980/90’s revival continues and after decades of trying to bring the popular TV Show to the big screen it’s finally happening. The original show had The Hoff, Pamela Anderson and enough cheese to fill up the dairy counter at your local supermarket. Both David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson are starring in this but what else of the original TV version will find itself in 2017 version?
Baywatch follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson played by the Hoff in the original) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit Matt Brody (Efron played by David Charvet on TV). Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.
The iconic slow motion running across the Californian sands, a few in-house Baywatch jokes are there too, but this doesn’t really feel like a Baywatch movie. The cheese might still be there, everything else has lost it’s drama tone and now replaced by comedy. Comedy more in line with 21 Jump street , more grown up, naughty, you could say it’s grown with the audience if not refreshed for the 21st Century audience. Seth Gordon, who directed Horrible Bosses surprised us all with that movie, but can he surprise us with this one?
The question will it work and with many of today’s movies been aimed at 12A audience none of them were born when Baywatch was on Television. It looks tongue and cheek stuff with a slice of meta humour , well it’s seriously wants to be the new ‘21 Jump St’ type movie. Johnson and Efron have proven they have comedic chops however our concerns are with the writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. After writing the Friday 13th 2009 reboot this is their first foot in comedy.
Baywatch is set for a Summer 2017 UK&Irish Cinema release date (potentially 24th May), co-starring Priyanka Chopra, Kelly Rohrbach, Jon Bass, Hannibal Buress, and Rob Huebel.