Wild Wild West

0
0
Subscribe to Will Smith alerts

Facts and Figures

Run time: 106 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 30th June 1999

Box Office Worldwide: $222.1M

Budget: $170M

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Production compaines: Todman, Simon, LeMasters Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 17%
Fresh: 22 Rotten: 108

IMDB: 4.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Starring: Will Smith as Capt. James West, Kevin Kline as U.S. Marshal Artemus Gordon, Kenneth Branagh as Dr. Arliss Loveless, Salma Hayek as Rita Escobar, M. Emmet Walsh as Coleman, Ted Levine as General 'Bloodbath' McGrath, Frederique van der Wal as Amazonia, Musetta Vander as Munitia, Sofia Eng as Miss Lippenrieder, Garcelle Beauvais as Belle, Mike H. McGaughy as Big reb, Bai Ling as Miss East

Wild Wild West Movie Review


Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

After the masterful Men In Black, Will Smith and Barry Sonnenfeld have reteamed for another oddball adaptation, but somewhere along the wagon trail to the Old West, they lost the magic that made MIB such a smash.

'Tis a shame, because Smith is a good comic actor, and Sonnenfeld is a brilliant director. The TV show Wild Wild West was actually not bad either, so I can't blame the raw material. But West fails for a couple of glaring reasons: It isn't funny, and it isn't exciting. For a supposed action/comedy, that's 0 for 2.

Perhaps it's the meddling of four writers that made the script alternately offensive and ploddingly slow. Perhaps it's the reliance on gadgetry to make the film look bigger than it really is. Perhaps it was just the heat of shooting in the desert (or at least a really hot blue screen room) that sapped the actors of their mojo (so to speak).

Regardless, this is a film that follows The Big Book of Hollywood Movies to the letter, trudging from Jim West's (Smith) introduction to unlikely partner Artemis Gordon (Kline), introduction of the damsel in distress (Hayek), an evil plot hatched by the foul Arliss Loveless (Branagh), and the inevitable saving of the world against all odds. Been there, done that.

The little freshness West has is infused by Gordon's gadgetry, including an early motorcycle, bulletproof vest, and airplane. But kitschy gadgets, racist humor, and a set recycled from The Addams Family do not a good movie make.

Frankly, I'd have rather seen Men In Black 2.

Yippie-yo, yippie-yay.


Contactmusic

0
0
Subscribe to Will Smith alerts

Comments

Wild Wild West Rating

" Grim "

Advertisement

More Will Smith

Entourage Trailer

After making a name for themselves in Hollywood, Vincent Chase and his entourage of friends from Queens have finally made a movie. The only problem...

Meghan Trainor - Lips Are Movin [Live] Video

Meghan Trainor performs her latest single 'Lips Are Movin' at one of her favourite places in the world: an aquarium. The song features, alongside smash...

Bastille - Things We Lost In The Fire [Live] Video

Live on the Honda Stage at Music Midtown in Atlanta, Bastille perform 'Things We Lost In The Fire', the final single from their debut album...

Bastille - Oblivion [Live] Video

Bastille perform their single 'Oblivion' live on the Honda Stage at Music Midtown in Atlanta. The track followed Platinum hit 'Of The Night' and featured...

Advertisement

HAERTS - Interview Video

Brooklyn band Haerts released their self-titled debut album this year, and here they talk about how they first got into music, their lifelong friendship and...

Mark Ronson - Daffodils ft. Kevin Parker [Audio] Video

Mark Ronson will finally unveil his fourth album 'Uptown Special' on January 26th 2015 through his new label deal with Sony Music. He has teamed...

HAERTS - Be The One [Live] Video

Haerts perform an intimate live rendition of their song 'Be The One', taken from their self-titled debut album released in October 2014 through Columbia Records....

ScHoolboy Q - Hell Of A Night Video

ScHoolboy Q released his first number one with third album 'Oxymoron', and he now unveils the video to its latest single 'Hell Of A Night'...

Advertisement