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09.21.2016

Wild Wild West (1999)

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Stars: Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN is riding into theaters again this weekend in Antoine Fuqua’s new remake, and we can only hope it’ll turn out better than another western remake that became one of the most infamously bad movies ever made: WILD WILD WEST, the new review of Awfully Good Movies! When director Barry Sonnenfeld and star Will Smith teamed up again after the huge success of MEN IN BLACK, adapting the 60s TV classic often described as “James Bond meets the Old West”, people thought it would be the movie to beat in the summer of 1999. But it did get beat, and hard: sweeping the Razzies, flopping at the box office, and leaving Burger King with mountains of unsold WILD WILD WEST toys and sunglasses. And with its confusing plot, awkward humor, ridiculous special effects, and criminal underuse of Salma Hayek, it more than deserved its failure. So hey, as long as the new MAGNIFICENT SEVEN doesn’t resort to a scene where Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt fondle each other’s fake titties, or have a hip-hop theme song featuring Sisqo, it should end up doing just fine.

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And read Jason Adams' previous Awfully Good review of this flick HERE!

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Extra Tidbit: Will Smith has gotten plenty of flack over the fact he turned down the role of Neo in THE MATRIX to do this movie instead, which Smith has called the worst decision of his career. Funnily enough, the next time he was offered a role in a western as a freed slave who becomes a gunslinger, it was DJANGO UNCHAINED, and he turned that down because he wanted Quentin Tarantino to rewrite it as more of a love story with less violence. Instead, he did AFTER EARTH. You rethinking that "worst decision of my career" yet, Will?
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11:51PM on 09/21/2016
Yes, this movie is bad, but every time it's on TV I watch the whole damn thing. For me this is my ultimate so bad it's good movie.
Yes, this movie is bad, but every time it's on TV I watch the whole damn thing. For me this is my ultimate so bad it's good movie.
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5:22PM on 09/21/2016
Kevin Kline was great.Loved him in it and he did work well with Smith.The movie is meh but a few good scenes,thanks too Kline and Smith,not just phoning it in.The collars around the neck scene,"Shes a breast of fresh air."
Kevin Kline was great.Loved him in it and he did work well with Smith.The movie is meh but a few good scenes,thanks too Kline and Smith,not just phoning it in.The collars around the neck scene,"Shes a breast of fresh air."
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11:28AM on 09/21/2016
After having watched the documentary on Superman Lives that recently came out, I re-watched this movie again and it is somehow more entertaining and tolerable.
After having watched the documentary on Superman Lives that recently came out, I re-watched this movie again and it is somehow more entertaining and tolerable.
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11:44AM on 09/21/2016
Giant robot spiders lol
Giant robot spiders lol
11:55AM on 09/21/2016
And half Kenneth Branagh, half Spider, LOL!
And half Kenneth Branagh, half Spider, LOL!
5:25PM on 09/21/2016
"Thats woman for you.One minute they encouraging you and the next they`ll CUT THE LEGS OUT from under you."
"Thats woman for you.One minute they encouraging you and the next they`ll CUT THE LEGS OUT from under you."
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11:13AM on 09/21/2016
I LOVE THIS MOVIE. Your review is spot on but to me its one of those so bad its good movies. It's another Batman and Robin to me.
I LOVE THIS MOVIE. Your review is spot on but to me its one of those so bad its good movies. It's another Batman and Robin to me.
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11:02AM on 09/21/2016

3/10.

[Spoilers ahead]

Since this was meant to be a parody, I didn't mind that it had little to do with the TV series. The problem is that it doesn't keep that parodic tone throughout. When it tries to be a more serious adventure comedy, it's hard to see it that way. It's also predictable and not very funny. Will Smith and Kevin Kline have no chemistry and they don't really put a lot of effort in their performances. It's more obvous when Kline plays ULISES S. GRANT. It's a very bland portrayal.
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Since this was meant to be a parody, I didn't mind that it had little to do with the TV series. The problem is that it doesn't keep that parodic tone throughout. When it tries to be a more serious adventure comedy, it's hard to see it that way. It's also predictable and not very funny. Will Smith and Kevin Kline have no chemistry and they don't really put a lot of effort in their performances. It's more obvous when Kline plays ULISES S. GRANT. It's a very bland portrayal. Luckily, Kenneth Branagh has fun with his role. I didn't hate the use of modern technology because of the way it's mixed with the old technology, but it got old after a while. The makers rely way too much on it. And then there's the giant mechanical spider. That's where they croosed the line. Unlike all the other gadgets, this one doesn't fit in the movie because this kind of technology doesn't exist. That's when the movie goes from steampunk to regular science fiction. You can't do that 2 acts into the movie. It destroys even the tiniest piece of remaining logic.
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