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Baywatch – Review

Plenty of incredible looking people, some cheap action thrills and a decent amount of comedy is exactly what you can expect from the new movie adaptation of Baywatch. It’s a movie one will go into with low expectations and leave having had a couple of chuckles, but without being left with any lasting impressions. But ultimately that is what a movie like Baywatch is specifically there for.

Dwayne Johnson plays the updated version of David Hasselhoff’s Mitch Buchanen, a dedicated and much-loved head lifeguard of Baywatch beach in Miami. When recruiting for new talent to join the team patrolling the bay, Mitch clashes with Matt Brody (Zac Efron), a disgraced former Olympic champion swimmer whose cocky attitude leads him to believe he can stroll into the role.

After being awarded the job, Brody soon discovers there’s a lot more to the part than just being a lifeguard as he and the rest of the team look to bring down the dangerous drug-lord, Victoria Leeds (Priyanka Chopra), who jeopardises the future of the Bay.

Director Seth Gordon is probably best known for 2011’s Horrible Bosses, so immediately you know what kind of crass humour is going to be involved. And fortunately for Baywatch, there are a number of chuckles to be had which partially makes up for the terrible storyline and budget action sequences. Johnson and Efron have a fun on-screen relationship and along with Alexandra Daddario and Kelly Rohrbach, there’s plenty to visually admire.

The movie as a whole is poor, but it certainly surpasses the lowest of expectations that audiences will be going in with. Baywatch is incredibly forgettable but a few laughs and some cheap action scenes mean it’s not the worst watch ever.

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Neighbors 2

Check out these trailers for the upcoming blockbusters including the sequels to Bad Neighbours and Cloverfield, along with the awesome looking cop thriller Triple 9.

(All release dates are UK based)

Bad Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising (Neighbors 2) – 6th May 2016

Mac and Kelly are ready to make the final move into adulthood. But just as they thought they have reclaimed the neighborhood, they learn that the new neighbors next door are even more out of control than the last and to get them out they’re gonna need help from an ex neighbor. – IMDB

Barbershop: The Next Cut – 19th April 2016

It’s been more than 10 years since our last appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop. Calvin and his longtime crew are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood. – Warner Bros

Demolition – 29th April 2016

A successful investment banker struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. – IMDB

10 Cloverfield Lane – 11th March 2016

Waking up from a car accident, a young woman finds herself in the basement of a man who says he’s saved her life from a chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable. – IMDB

Triple 9 – 19th February 2016

A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town. – IMDB

Hail, Caesar! – 4th March 2016

A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio’s stars in line. – IMDB

 

DVD Review – That Awkward Moment

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That Awkward Moment is one of those typically unbelievable rom-coms involving pretty people, unrealistic lifestyles and incredibly vile and crass sexual morals. Nevertheless, its witty script from debut director/writer Tom Gormican makes it a watchable feel-good comedy.

Zac Efron heads a trio of friends who all decide to refrain from dating when one of them faces a divorce. Unfortunately, this comes at a time when all three suddenly find themselves on the brink of a relationship and facing the inevitable question “so…where is this going?”

Efron plays Jason with Michael B Jordan and Miles Teller playing pals Mikey and Daniel. Imogen Poots plays Ellie – Jason’s love interest and completes a charming cast full of talent and potential.

This type of film therefore may act as a black mark on their careers because That Awkward Moment’s attitude towards relationships is incredibly shallow. Efron suggested that the movie was a rare case of the male perspective of sex and relationships yet unfortunately, it doesn’t do the male species any favours given the attitudes presented.

The film lacks any emotional value when things turn bleak for the lads and concentrates more of making crude sexual jokes and making girls fall in love with guys who accuse them of being a hooker. A male version of Sex and the City would be a fair and accurate valuation of this film and that is by no means a compliment.

Luckily, what That Awkward Moment does possess is a well-written script full of quick wit ready for a cast capable of delivering them perfectly on camera. Gormican can certainly take pride in that fact and the banter between the three friends can easily be related to by much of the audience.

That Awkward Moment is absolutely nothing special. It’s a poor reflection of real life scenarios, but it is an easy watch and provides plenty of lightweight laughs, never taking itself too seriously.

6/10

Out on DVD 2nd June

Bad Neighbours – Review

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This is one of those films where you can imagine the script meeting being just as funny as the end product. Seth Rogen and Zac Efron deliver a cascade of laughs in Bad Neighbours or Bad Neighbors or as it is titled across the pond, simply Neighbors. Despite sharing a name with an Australian soap opera, Bad Neighbours is grotesque, vile and smutty in typical Rogen fashion.

Mac (Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) are a young married couple accompanied with a newly born baby. We first meet the couple during a sexual encounter, which has become a rare occurrence since the newborn arrived. Their social life has also taken a hit and we understand the difficult adjustments the couple have to make since they were greeted with their baby.

Lo and behold, new neighbours arrive. But it’s not the friendly typical American family that are moving in. No, instead a fraternity pull up in removal trucks and immediately begin to mark their territory. Naturally as concerned parents, the couple greet lead frat brothers Teddy (Efron) and Pete (Dave Franco) by asking them to keep the noise down. Instead, Mac and Kelly join in the magic mushroom fuelled party antics and begin bonding with their new neighbours.

One night however, things turn sour. The fraternity aren’t turning down the noise, and despite promising Teddy he would never call the police, Mac does just that, sparking war with the frat brothers. What proceeds is all out comedy chaos with Home Alone-esque pranks between the two parties.

Each character has plenty of comedy to offer with Rogen at the helm. But Efron is smartly casted as the lead frat brother, proving his comical versatility following this year’s early offering, That Awkward Moment. Alongside Franco, the pair fit the contemporary brotherhood role perfectly. Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Lisa Kudrow also offer a number of chuckles during their cameos whilst Byrne too produces a number of gross-out, yet laugh out loud moments. Director Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek) certainly fits Bad Neighbours into the same category as his previously outrageous products.

The script generates some brilliant lines throughout, consistently keeping the audience, which has a huge age range, chuckling and engrossed. Rogen in particular has some typically funny, yet seemingly improvised jokes to crack, which is why he is currently classed as one of the wittiest movie stars in the business at present.