Baywatch was never a series that could be taken seriously. It was pure titillation filled with eye candy for adolescents.
The movie version just goes for stupid fun with a few crude jokes. It even parodies some of the absurdities of the Baywatch television series.
Matt Brody (Zac Efron) is the arrogant Olympian with a few issues. He is forced to be a lifeguard as part of his probation.
Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) is the head lifeguard at Emerald Bay. He takes a dislike to Matt but both are forced to team to investigate arrogant businesswoman Victoria Leeds (Priyanka Chopra) who plans to buy up the local properties on the bay by paying off corrupt politicians.
Baywatch the movie never aims high. It is good looking people, a stupid plot, a few jokes and some action.
It is enjoyable for what it is but it knows it is not striving for high art.
This would be the kind of movie the BBC might have once made under its Screen Two strand.
Both Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville appeared in Screen Two presentations.
For Neeson this is a break from those well paid action roles. A chance to seize into something more small scale and intimate.
Neeson is Tom, while Manville plays Joan. A long term married couple in Ireland who suffered the lost of their daughter some years earlier.
Their ordinary lives are disrupted when Joan is diagnosed with breast cancer. The film explores their relationship as Joan goes through her treatment.
Ordinary Love avoids being mawkish and overly sentimental. There is realism about the way the characters interact with other cancer sufferers.
It avoids the depressing side of many similar themed dramas without shying away from the gruelling side of chemotherapy.
It is oddly life affirming by concentrating on the ordinary and the mundane with a touch of humour. One character notes he never spent so much time watching bad television as his partner refused to undergo further treatment.
Sony continues with its roster of Spiderman villains as it strives to create its own world of the Marvel Spiderverse.
Mobius immediately gets derailed with some shoddy storytelling that shows signs of continual reediting.
Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) has suffered from a blood disorder since childhood and has dedicated his life to finding a cure for himself and best friend Milo (Matt Smith.) He is a Nobel prizewinning chemist and a rebel.
Morbius stumbles onto a cure by splicing his blood and genes with Costa Rican bats. It turns Morbius into super strong vampire monster with maniacal tendencies.
The cure is unstable but when his friend Milo finds out about it, he takes the blood and is angry at Morbius for denying him the cure.
The batty Morbius finds himself in the frame for various deaths.
The movie is muddled. It has a flashback to 25 years ago at the beginning and never gets around to tell the audience that it is now back in the present.
The ethical side effects of Morbius's experiments are never adequately explored.
Both Leto and Smith are saddled with flat and hackneyed characterisation.
The whole thing lacks energy and is only connected to the Spiderverse with the mid credit sequences at the end of the movie and that too was befuddling.
Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) is the reclusive widowed novelist on a book tour to promote her book 'The Lost City of D.'
Alan Caprisan (Channing Tatum) is the model who plays the fictional Dash McMahon, the heroic adventurer of her novels.
When Loretta is kidnapped by eccentric Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe) because she used ancient hieroglyphics in her book that could lead to a real lost city.
Alan has to turn into a real life hero to rescue Loretta. However everyone else thinks that this is a tacky publicity stunt from her publicist Beth (Da'Vine Joy Randolph.)
This is a shallow, daft screwball comedy. It is entertaining enough as everyone knows this is a tongue in cheek homage to the Michael Douglas/Kathleen Turner movie. Radcliffe has the most fun as the villain.
Brad Pitt shows up as a real life hero who initially goes to rescue Loretta.
Like other police or detective shows. The Last Detective have done a story about old school friends with a dark secret. The rock star/group with a dirty past.
Now it is the one about the snuff video.
The police find the remains of Dominic Sylvester who has been lying dead for some time. They discover that he was a hermit like old man who was murdered.
Dangerous Davies discovers a 8mm film reel that appears to show a young woman being murdered.
Sylvester had an interest in taking photos and porngraphy. It leads Davies to the local porn underworld and to find out if the death on the screen was real.
Davies finds a lead when learns that the dead woman spoke Polish. Maybe the death of Sylvester was revenge.
Not an original idea but there is certainly a seedy atmosphere. There were some realistic nods to how people arrived from Eastern Europe in the 1970s and 80s for a better life but their families back home would lost contact.
Phoning abroad was almost impossible and letters would be monitored when the communist regimes frowned on people leaving.
It does have some clunky writing and I never really understood why Sylvester chose to murder his son's nanny.
John Sullivan decided to do something different after Citizen Smith and Only Fools and Horses.
Dear John is a tragi-comedy of a man whose wife has left him for his best friend by writing a Dear John letter.
Now divorced, living in a bedsit and only seeing his son at weekends.
His friends think that he is having a swinging life as a single man. Nothing can be further from the truth. John is alone and drinking in the pub in the afternoons.
John Lacey (Ralph Bates) decides to rebuild his life by joining a singles club. On his first evening, he accidentally ends up in the Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
Despite the element of sadness underlying this comedy. John Sullivan created some memorable characters for this sitcom.
The 1-2-1 club had Louise the head of the club who was always interested in sexual problems. Ralph the nerdy type whose Polish wife ran off in their wedding day. The flamboyant and sexist Kirk St Moritz brilliantly played by Peter Blake.
The first episode quickly establishes the premise of the series and had some several funny moments such as people realising they were in the wrong meeting.
Sadly it is also apparent watching the first episode that several cast members left us rather too early. Ralph Bates died at the age of 51 in 1991.