Monday, August 28, 2017

New on Blu-ray and DVD for Tuesday August 29, 2017 "My Cousin Rachel" and "Baywatch"

My Cousin Rachel
Starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin
Rated PG-13

A young Englishman plots revenge against his late cousin's mysterious, beautiful wife, believing her responsible for his death.

“My Cousin Rachel” is an uneven romantic mystery with very little sustenance to feed the viewer. The lead characters simply have no chemistry and the script is fraught with plot holes. vanishing suspicions and twists that do not make any sense.

In the end “My Cousin Rachel” is not up to the challenge of holding anyone's attention for very long.

The film gets a C and is rated PG-13.

Starring: Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron
Rated R

Based on the TV series, “Baywatch” stars Dwayne Johnson as a no-nonsense lifeguard who must contend with new trainees and a drug smuggler.

“Baywatch” is a scattered comedy trying desperately to be liked but fails at just about every turn.

The spoof begins with a lot of hope for the audience, but degenerates quickly into one raunchy sight gag after another. Unlike the very funny “21 Jump Street,” “Baywatch” refused to connect with the audience, and although there were a few laughs, most of the film was a sloppy mess.

Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, who plays “Mitch,” was regulated too muscle-flexing and running. Johnson, who does rather well in comedies like “Central Intelligence,” was let down by a way too underdone script.

Zac Efron, who is making a career of being in 'frat house films' like “Dirty Grandpa” and “Neighbors,” handed in an uninspired and lackluster performance as he plays “Matt,” a 2-time gold medal Olympian now disgraced.

In the end “Baywatch” is just another in a long line of poorly written, badly directed TV parodies that simply are not funny.

“Baywatch” gets a D and is rated R.

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