Baywatch”: The legend lives
“Baywatch” returns – and then immediately to the big screen. Instead, David Hasselhoff now rescues Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson drowning while he fights the crime on his beach at the same time – leading an arrogant newcomer to his barriers. He does so in a way that is more powerful than David Hasselhoff could ever have imagined in the 1990s.
WHAT IS IN “BAYWATCH”?
The rescue swimmers around Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) have all hands to do: to save light-flooded swimmers from drowning, to select and educate new bathers – and also to elucidate where all the designer drugs on the beach of Malibu come from. In addition, Mitch also has the swimming Olympian winner Matt Brody (Zac Efron) assigned to his team. It can swim like a fish, but it has its difficulties to recognize authorities.
WHY WOULD THE INTEREST BE?
It’s “Baywatch”! Beautiful women and men walking along the beach in slow motion. What more do you want? Director Seth Gordon has proved with “Kill the Boss” that he is a specialist in the field of rude comedy.
WHO WILL PLAY?
Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron throw their clenched testosterone into the floods. Kelly Rohrbach, Alexandra Daddario and Ilfenesh Hadera are in no way inferior to their predecessors in the legendary red bathing suits. And, of course, there are compulsory cameo performances by David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson. This is by the way not a spoiler, because the names appear for some unknown reasons already in the opening credits.
WHAT DOES THE GQ-KINO EXPERT?
He’s torn. On the one hand, the film does a lot of right. He does not take himself too seriously and accepts many things from the series with a wink. Especially the slightly sexist undertone of the series is turned upside down in some places, so that the female image definitely fits better into the 21st century. Some of the gags also hit the bull’s eye. Somehow, however, one thinks on the other hand that the film does not fully exhaust its potential – and the thing with the extreme rude humor in some places over-turns. If a swimmer pukes into the water, is the first time funny, but the third time then no more. Overall, however, it is a movie that is fun when you take it as what it is: the eye-catching adaptation of a sober-looking rather trashy TV series.
WHAT DOES THE CRITIC SAY?
The most important part of the film is about the film. The Hollywood Reporter writes: “Breasts, butts, stolen bellies – have you expected Shakespeare? A cinema remake that is lifeless and generic, and not even the outtakes in the credits are really funny.” The Guardian writes: “After about half of the film, the jokes have slipped and the story is like an overweight tourist who has gone into the water too soon after the all-you-can-eat buffet.” At Baytatch, Redt Tomatoes comes to a score of just 18 per cent positive reviews.
WHO SHOULD THE FILM WATCH?
For fans of the TV series, a Kinobesuch is actually a duty. But you should be prepared to hear more swear words and see more penises than many would be dear.
If you have less than five wrong answers in our “Baywatch” -Quiz for advanced users, you will be going to the cinema anyway – whatever the criticism says!