The Following Preview… #68: Baywatch


Source: Paramount

Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for its’ upcoming feature adaptation of Baywatch starring Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, and Alexander Daddario, which opens Memorial Day weekend:

BAYWATCH follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Efron). Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

First of all, how dare you not include the Baywatch intro in this?:

Okay, it’s in there in the beginning…sort of…but you can’t do this movie and not have that theme song in here.

As far as the rest of the trailer goes, it’s obvious that this is trying to be a 21 Jump Street style comedy and okay, that’s fine, Baywatch rightfully deserves to be made fun of. But overall, I was very underwhelmed by what I’m seeing here.

Dwayne Johnson is usually the saving grace of a project nowadays, he puts his intentions into every project he’s in, and Zac Efron has more than proven his worth as a comedic actor and you’d think these two would be gold together on screen but here, this is the first time I’ve seen a project that Johnson and his co-star have no real chemistry in this so far…that is not a good sign going forward.

Plus, going back to the music, why couldn’t you use the theme song in this movie? The majority of the trailer is nothing but whatever songs the audience will recognize more than the theme song to Baywatch. I get it, you gotta sell the movie on its’ own merits but that theme song is the most iconic part of that show and hell, it’s the only really solid thing about the show.

On top of that, the references they try to throw in here from the TV series are delivered very poorly, they aren’t executed very well and they just feel kind of forced like “let’s have a scene where they criticize the slow motion on people.” That’s really the best you’ve got? How many TV shows and movies have made the obvious joke for years now and this movie does nothing new with it.

But by far the worst part of this trailer is that many of the jokes fall flat, I only laughed once in this trailer in the beginning where Dwayne Johnson throws the woman off the burning boat but that’s it, that’s 25 seconds into the damn trailer. Every other joke just fails miserably right down to a predictably corny boob joke…by the way, how dare you alter Alexander Daddario’s boobs in this? No, really, look at Daddario in any other movie she’s in and then look at her here, they visibly altered her breasts in this trailer, WHY?… They even do a stupid “you people” joke, no, really, it’s stupid the way this trailer does this towards the end.

The only thing that peaks my interest in this trailer is the idea of Quantico’s Priyanka Chopra playing the villain in this, you don’t really see a whole lot of her in this but I’m hoping that she bucks the trend of really good actresses playing lackluster villains.

So, yeah, this teaser for Baywatch was a massive disappointment, none of the jokes work, the cast looks wasted, the whole trailer fails to get my hopes up and the next trailers better be better than this crud is.

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One comment on “The Following Preview… #68: Baywatch
  1. […] this movie has been getting the cold shoulder right from the first trailer, it just seemed like the marketing for this movie never really seemed like what this movie […]

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