I’m not joking. No could be more surprised than I am right now. Anyone who grew up in the ’90s knows Baywatch, and probably thinks they know what to expect of this trailer. Maybe you’re right, but I sure wasn’t.
Not that everything about the trailer is unexpected. The Baywatch team faces budget cuts and needs to save their lifeguard team. The lifeguards run along the beach in slow motion. You see plenty of skin, both men and women. Then Zac Effron shows up and…well, things get very different. Cursing, drinking, humor, and balls jokes. Extreme stunts, action, explosions, and gunfights. There’s also a lot of conflict between Dwayne Johnson and Effron as Effron is brought in to help bring attention and funding to save the Baywatch team. Effron treats the job like a joke and parties while Johnson is the good cop taking the job seriously.
It all somehow looks very entertaining and keeps making the case for Dwayne Johnson as the most charismatic man on Earth. Check out the trailer below:
Damn if he doesn’t make this work somehow. Be honest. This made you much more interested in watching than you ever would have believed going in. It’s okay to admit. I can’t believe it either. The tone shifts between ultra-serious action movie, absurd comedy, and lame party movie should be ridiculous. Instead I am very entertained. Maybe the absurdity of it all will make me happy no matter how good or bad the movie turns out.
Am I alone about this? Possibly. Let us know in the comments below whether I may have just lost my mind or if this really works so much better than it had any right to.
Baywatch is scheduled for release on May 26, 2017 and is directed by Seth Gordon. Along with Johnson and Effron, the film also stars Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera, and Jon Bass. Baywatch alumni David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson also make guest appearances.