The R-rated big-screen version of the nineties’ popular babes-and-sixpacks television show will be playing in Cinema City from Thursday. Baywatch the movie, however, didn’t receive kind reviews after its world premiere. While it takes its source material’s jiggle factor to R-rated levels, the Rotten Tomatoes critics said, the flick lacks the original’s campy charm.
The plot is pretty much the television series-style. Matt Brody is a former Olympic swimmer who wants to join an elite team of lifeguards led by the hulking Mitch Buchannon. Brody thinks he’s a shoo-in, but his casual attitude starts to instantly rub Mitch the wrong way. When drugs and a shady resort owner pose a threat to the bay, Mitch and Matt must put their differences aside to spring into action and save the day.
Jordan Samuel wrote for B2C: “Baywatch has a decent story which feels, at points, like a buddy-cop romp, only with beach dudes and babes instead of the generic cop formula. It lacks originality, but the pleasurable sensations makes up for that. Just don’t expect world-shattering storytelling. It’s not the best comedy in years, but at least Baywatch (2017) respects the source material, adding twists to a modern adaptation. Blending the visuals of a summer beachside resort into one murder/comedy, Seth Gordon has made a fun adventure with swimsuits.”