‘Baywatch’ is one of the most awaited films as desi girl Priyanka Chopra is making her Hollywood debut with it. The action-comedy directed by Seth Gordon stars Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron in the lead and these two hunks belong to the elite Baywatch lifeguard squad. PeeCee is playing the sexy baddie in this film – Victoria Leeds. This American film is based on the television series of the same name. The movie is hitting the theatres on May 25 in the US and in India it is releasing on June 2. Some critics in the West got the opportunity to watch the movie during a special screening but they seriously don’t seem impressed. Some of the critics are unhappy with the storyline while some with the performances of the star cast.
Priyanka Chopra who is busy promoting ‘Baywatch’ in the West might be super nervous and she should be because the reviews from some of the leading entertainment portals are out and they are not-so-impressive. So if you guys are thinking to watch the film, then read out the reviews below and then make the final call: (ALSO READ: Priyanka Chopra back to Bollywood! A fabulous project in store for Baywatch hottie)
Steve Rose from The Guardian: It was all about the fantasy American lifestyle of sun, sea and semi-naked flesh jiggling along beaches in slow-mo. Dwayne Johnson makes a decent David Hasselhoff stand-in, with his winning mix of comic charm, calm authority and absurdly pumped physique. Bad-boy former Olympic swimmer Zac Efron whose muscles are even more formidable than Johnson’s, but who needs to learn a thing or two about being a team player. Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, the underused villain of the piece, looks like she was contractually obliged to show as much flesh as permissible. [Rating -1 out of 5 stars]
Amy West from IBT UK: The film still ends up being little more than an unrelenting invitation for cinemagoers to ogle. Even if your eyes are frantically searching for something substantial. A sprinkling of those kinds of scenes were to be expected – it’s a quick-and-easy way to nod back to the original series – but it just doesn’t translate in today’s world, cementing only one notion: Baywatch should have stayed in the 1990s. [Rating – 2.5 out of 5 stars]
Gav Murphy from IGN: Baywatch seems to lift 21 Jump Street’s main story almost entirely – this time it’s lifeguards attempting to keep drugs off their beaches instead of undercover cops keeping drugs out of schools. It all seems so laboriously familiar and derivative where 21 Jump Street’s unexpected take was novel. The only other highlight is Priyanka Chopra as nefarious entrepreneur Victoria Leeds, who outshines pretty much anyone she’s in a scene with. Chopra’s engaging and interesting and is the only character that speaks with any kind of distinctive cadence, with the rest of the cast falling into the exact same pattern of delivery of their hackneyed gags. [Rating – 4.8 out of 10 stars]
Harry Readhead from Metro News UK: Like other comedic entrants to the TV-to-film genre, Baywatch is as much a spoof of its hugely popular predecessor as it is a tribute or reboot. It’s self-aware in a way that many reimaginings or sequels like to think they are but typically aren’t. [Rating – 3 out of 5 stars]
Frank Scheck from The Hollywood Reporter: The endless profusion of F-bombs seems to indicate that the screenwriters must have thought they would be paid per use. The raunchy humor extends to gay panic gags strangely similar to the ones found in the recent, similarly misbegotten CHIPS; Baywatch strains for a vulgarity that never comes remotely close to being funny. Unless, that is, you find the idea of Zac Efron manipulating a dead man’s genitals hysterical.
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