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Baywatch Movie Review: Not Worth A Watch

Baywatch Movie Story

Baywatch movie begins with lifeguard Mitch Buchannon who along with Stephanie and C.J, protects the beach. During one of his early morning patrol, Mitch finds a packet of the drug near the Huntley Club beach, which is under the ownership of Victoria Leeds. During the lifeguard tryouts, Summer Quinn, Ronnie, and Matt Brody are selected for training. Matt Brody is a former Olympic medallist with a bad career. Mitch tries to investigate the death of a councilman and the passage of drugs into the bay but is fired by the head. Convinced of Victoria Leeds heading the drug syndicate from the club, the team infiltrates Leeds’ yacht to get to the bottom of the truth.

Baywatch 2017

The movie, Baywatch is based upon the hit television series of the same name. Earlier to the movie, the success of the TV show led to three films [Baywatch the Movie: Forbidden Paradise; Baywatch: White Thunder at Glacier Bay; and Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding] and a spin-off TV series [Baywatch Nights]. The role of the villain was previously written for a man, but the script was later changed upon casting Priyanka Chopra as the antagonist. David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson, stars of the TV show make appearances in the movie. The movie has been extensively shot in Miami, Florida, and Savannah, Georgia.

Baywatch Movie Review

Let’s begin with the semi-god Pahlaj Nihalani, who should definitely have been consulted before making the film, because believe it or not, in a movie based on the TV series where women are objectified and shown in sultry swimsuits running in slo-mo, the greatest editor of all times, Pahlaj Nihalani has done the great honour of snipping every ‘breast’ word and such amazing jump cuts that it’s hard to find a connection between one scene and the other.

But, that doesn’t stop the movie from being a total bore. The plot of the story is as superficial and unrealistic as things could be. Lifeguards investigating bodies in the morgue and busting the whole drug trafficking operation all by themselves and some life-saving CPR training. This far-fetched idea may have run well for the old TV show, but we definitely expected a story reboot in this new version. And since the movie follows everything the old show was about, it does nothing but absolutely make you want to leave the theatre after the first 15 minutes itself.


Baywatch 2017

The list of actors cast in the movie is impressive, but no one is able to save this lifeguard ship from drowning. Priyanka Chopra playing the role of antagonist is not impressive at all and so are Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. Some cleverly written dialogues don’t work and the presence of Jon Bass as the comic guy among the physically fit lifeguards don’t work well for comic relief. The jokes just seem pathetic. At the same time, the bromance between Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron doesn’t bode well on-screen. Supporting actresses – Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera work as nothing more than eye candy divas.

The background score is overdone and forced. It’s a wonder that this is the story that four brilliant heads came together with. The lack of script, direction, music – nothing stopped all these actors to work in the movie just because of the old fame and the extended marketing that the studio splurged over. If nothing else, the trailer contains the best of the whole movie, including the jokes.


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