It's easy to see why Smith and director Barry Sonnenfeld would reteam and attempt to recapture some of the magic from MEN IN BLACK in a different genre. WILD WILD WEST follows pretty much the exact same formula, mixing large-scale action with Smith's trademark humor and pairing the actor with another esteemed thespian as his partner. The downfall here, however, is the script, which makes this one of the greatest cinematic travesties of our time and one of the worst westerns ever committed to celluloid. The story is poorly structured and horribly plotted, the dialogue is unbelievably bad, and the actors…well, they should all be embarrassed.
And none more so than Kevin Kline, one of the most underrated performers working today. Poor Kline is forced to do some truly abysmal things in this movie for laughs, like dressing in drag and hypnotizing people with his bra. It's absolutely painful to watch such a great talent get his fake breasts squeezed by Will Smith for an entire scene. Kenneth Branagh, meanwhile, is so over the top I expected him to start arm wrestling Sylvester Stallone. With his thick southern accent and loyal army of supermodel prostitutes, his Arliss Loveless is a trainwreck that's hard to look away from—at least until he turns in to a half-cyborg and starts running around on a giant metal spider. The film also wastes an unrecognizable Ted Levine and Salma Hayek, who looks bored and offended to be there.
Will Smith does his best to be both the comic relief and the action hero, but the script allows him to fail at both. The fighting is laughable (they knew karate back in the old west?) and the steampunk action sequences do not mesh well with the genre. The giant mechanical spider has to be one of the stupidest, inane and poorly thought out set pieces in any modern movie. I have no idea who would think that was a good idea. Oh yeah, Jon Peters, that's who.
Commentary by Barry Sonnenfeld: While he doesn't outright apologize, there are definitely hints throughout that the director realizes this film sucks. That's kind of fun, but still doesn't make this worth listening to.
It's A Whole New West: A generic BTS feature with interviews and FX background that looks like it came from HBO.
Loveless' Lair: A collection of short (~7 minute) featurettes about various topics, including the self-explanatory Wardrobes Of The West, Good Guys Gadgets, Loveless's Ladies and Evil Devices.
Will Smith's "Wild Wild West" Music Video: Even though this sports Salma Hayek, it's still super cheesy and lame. I'm also pretty sure Carlton is in this.
Newswrap: A hilariously bad promo for the shooting of the music video.
Extra Tidbit: Will Smith has actually apologized for this movie.