Writer: Damian Shannon, Mark Swift (Screenplay) Jay Scherick, David Ronn, Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant (Story)
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera, Jon Bass
Plot: Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Standard Action Comedy
Story: Baywatch starts as hugely popular lifeguard Mitch (Johnson) and his team CJ (Rohrbach) and Stephanie (Hadera) look to make fresh addition to their elite team. The first two candidates Summer (Daddario) and Ronnie (Bass) fit what Mitch wants, commitment to the cause and no showboating. The final recruit is forced upon Mitch, that is disgraced two-time Olympic Gold Medallist Matt Brody (Efron) that is only there on probation.
With the training under way, Mitch starts investigating the increase level of a drug washing up on shore he starts using his team to look into the actions Victoria Leeds (Chopra), a rich woman that has been buying up all the real estate along the bay. As the investigation deepens Mitch must overcome his superior, the law and Victoria herself to bring the calm back to the bay.
Thoughts on Baywatch
Characters/Performance – Mitch is the lifeguard that has all the respect on the bay, the physical presence and is a born leader, he knows how to get the best out of his team and will risk his own life before theirs. Matt Brody is the disgraced Olympic Gold Medallist who is forced to join the lifeguards and must learn to work as part of a team and stop being selfish. Victoria is a ruthless growing reputation drug dealer who is making it her aim to make the bay her empire but the lifeguards keep getting in her way. I do feel we needed more from her character because it did feel very generic. Now looking at the female life guards, this would be fair to say they are very undeveloped as characters when you compare them with two leading guys. Ronnie is the increased level of comic relief and you will either enjoy his story or hate it.
Performance wise, Dwayne Johnson is good as always knowing how to get the most out of this character, Zac Efron does continue to show he can handle comedy and uses his body for extra statement. Priyanka looks fantastic in this role and does the best she can with a weakly written role. The rest of the cast are all good without being excellent and not overshadowing the leads.
Story – I never saw the original show, I loved 21 Jump Street and I fully expected this to become the latest idea, but the story does fall short. The story is very generic which is unlikely couple team up to solve crime with the police avoiding getting involved, yes it does sound like the show. It is easy to watch though but does miss certain moments we needed to see.
Action/Crime/Comedy – The action is just what you have come to expect from the action comedy genre, there is nothing new here, the crime story is also by the books and the comedy is adult and is very hit or miss with most of the best lines in the trailer.
Final Thoughts – This had potential to get to the next level but it isn’t terrible, it can be enjoyed by the fans of the actors with good moments of comedy.
Overall: Easy to watch and enjoyable in places.