Say what you may, but Baywatch the TV Series was our guilty pleasure back in the 90’s. As a kid, I loved watching Baywatch so much and made sure to catch my weekly dose of it (for the first three or four seasons of it at least). I mean, what was there not to love? Beautiful people strutting around the beach with lots of drama, showing off their curves and perfect bodies. Come on!
I was lucky enough to get invited for a special pre-screening of the feature film of Baywatch and I must say it was quite entertaining. It sure brought back nostalgic memories of Mitch Buchannon, C.J. Parker, Matt Brody solving crime and making sure all is good on the beach. Unlike the TV Series which was based on the Los Angeles County Lifeguards, the movie is based in Miami, Florida.
The action-comedy stars Dwayne Johnson (Mitch Buchannon), Zac Efron (Matt Brody), Alexandra Daddario (Summer Quinn), Priyanka Chopra (Victoria Leeds) and Kelly Rohrback (C.J. Parker). This movie also marks as Priyanka Chopra’s Hollywood movie debut.
The film revolves around the overzealous leader (Dwayne Johnson) of an elite team of lifeguards in Miami. Zac Efron comes into the picture as a former disgraced Olympian recruited to the team for a PR boost. This elite team of lifeguards then encounter crime via the new owner (Priyanka Chopra) of the Huntley Club, using her business as a front for smuggling drugs.
This movie is a treat for Baywatch fans as David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson make a cameo appearance. The chemistry and comedic timing between Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron works wonderfully. Not to mention how the script and dialogues (by Priyanka’s character especially) has a lot of late 80’s and 90’s vibe to it.
If you are a fan of Baywatch, I highly recommend it. If you have never seen it before, definitely check it out for the laughs and the beautiful people on the big screen. Oh yes, it is strongly advised not to bring kids along for this movie as there are some more ‘mature’ scenes.