Hollywood seems to be wading cautiously through the sea of reboots with growing aplomb. Previously they would just reboot or remake or remaster or redo or regurgitate a classic brand in the laziest way imaginable. However, lately they’ve been trying new ways to appeal to audiences of classic TV and movies by shuffling up their genres… like what they’ve done with the new Baywatch starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Zac Effron and Alexandra Daddrio.
Instead of being a campy, action-adventure, the new Baywatch film appears to be targeting the raunchy comedy demographic. Boobs, butt, pecs and goofy jokes are the order of the day. It’s almost identical to how Sony rebooted 21 Jump Street as a buddy-up action-comedy instead of a the straight-laced action drama that defined the original television show.
The trailer makes it difficult to get a grasp on the actual plot of the movie, but it looks like little more than a string of loosely related situations.
I can’t really make heads or tails of the plot, other than that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson must lead his small band of lifeguards through trials and happenstance to restore the Baywatch brand to profitability.
Matt Brody, played by Zac Effron, steps into the role that was originally occupied by David Charvet, the latter of which seems to have gotten older but now looks like a younger version of Michael Biehn. Bizarre.
Anyway, I have no idea who the villain is in the movie or what they’re supposed to be doing but there’s something to do with a dead body and some exploding boats and Effron partying, which seems to be a staple trait for every character that he’s played in recent movies.
Anyway, Baywatch is due for release in May, 2017. The movie could end up being a sleeper hit like 21 Jump Street, which it seems to be copying in tone, but it would take a miracle.
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