Wild Wild West
Action, Western, Sci-Fi, Comedy
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Barry Sonnenfeld
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
Musetta Vander as Munitia
Sofia Eng as Miss Lippenrieder
Ling Bai as Miss East
Garcelle Beauvais as La Belle (1995 opera version)
Mike H. McGaughy as Big Reb (as Mike McGaughy)
Jerry Wills as Other Reb
Rodney A. Grant as Hudson
Storyline: Jim West is a guns-a-blazing former Civil War hero. Artemus Gordon is an inventive U.S. Marshal who excels in disguise. When the United States is threatened by psychotic Confederate Arliss Loveless, President Ulysses Grant teams the duo up to bring him to justice. On a hazard-packed train journey from Washington D.C. to Utah, West and Gordon must combine their skills to best Loveless and his diabolical machines.
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total misfire
This must have looked great on paper: a special effects-laden Will Smith 4th of July blockbuster based on a (by me anyway) fondly remembered 60s action TV show. Too bad they forgot to get a workable script before they started filming. Nothing works in this movie, nothing. What they ended up with was "Blazing Saddles" meets "Buck Rogers." This movie contains some of the most painful-to-watch racial/cripple jokes ever filmed. "South Park" seemed culturally enlightened and politically correct by comparison. And at the end Salma Hayek's character suddenly reveals that the missing scientist was not her father but her husband. What was up with that? Was that tacked on so she didn't have to choose between the black guy or the white guy? For that matter everything in this movie felt tacked on. But it's not trashy-bad enough to be entertaining either, just boring, unfunny, and crude. Total waste of time. * out of *****
Wild Wild Mess
Seeing Wild Wild West reminded me of when I first saw Rambo 3. Say Cheese! Don't get me wrong, I like cheese, and expected some here, but this was constipating and painful! The action scenes (or what was supposed to be action) were dull, the dialogue was taken right out of Toy Story, and the story was, well let"s just say, YAWN.... Save your money, you'll get more excitement from watching a Brady Bunch rerun.
The worst film ever!
Aaaagghhhh!!!!This is awful! This is undoubtedly the blockbuster at its worst. I hated this with a real passion. Nothing is good about it. How can the team who made Men in Black, which was good, foul this up so badly? Truly a complete disaster. I started falling asleep during it, the sheer laziness of the film must have been making me feel tired. Seriously, don't watch it. This is the dregs.
Cruel and Violent
Buying this film I had in mind The Great Race and I expected to see a funny comedy with modern effects and intricate gadgets. Unfortunately the film crew failed to shoot a comedy but shot an implausible story that could hardly have taken place in the American West. It seems to me that people of the 19th century had more respect towards the President than our contemporaries. Anyway, the genre of the film is said to be comedy but the film is anything but funny. It's full of unnecessary violence and cruelty. It's hard to say what IS funny in it. The Great Race could boast a hero and a villain but whatever tricks they played on each other they never resulted in severe damage, if the worst came to the worst they threw cakes at each other or fell sprawling in the mud. Nevertheless, the vice was punished and laughed at. It was not frightening , it was ridiculous. That's why one could safely show such films as The Great Race to children; I for one saw it first when I was 5 or 6 and I still enjoy it. Maybe films of the kind should be shot in this humorous vein. I myself do not mind my p's and q's and can appreciate a thriller or an action film with all the gore and blood if the violence is justified, but Wild Wild West is not the case.
Just don't take it seriously
Wow, there are a lot of bad votes for this movie here. I thought it was great. It's a Will Smith / Barry Sonnenfeld movie. You can't take it seriously. The humor is perfectly subtle and dry at times, and over the top at others. The storyline is only there to give opportunities for the jokes.

If you want a serious western, try The Magnificent Seven (or the original, 7 Samurai), Hombre, or some other classic. If you want a light-hearted evening, rent this. Probably don't buy it, but rent it.

For some reason it says that my review has to be more than 10 lines, so I'm throwing this in to make it work. Really a review for a movie like this doesn't need to be this long, but I guess I'll just comply.
Very Entertaining
This movie is one of my favorites. I have my own copy of this movie. I have watched it several times and it is a very entertaining action/comedy/fantasy. I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you have not seen it, I recommend seeing it. Don't watch the broadcast version because they edit out some of the scenes and details that make this movie great and flow.

This movie version adds it's own style and favor to the concept originated in the TV series and can stand on its own merit. The story and dialog is clever, well written and flows well.

The chemistry between Will Smith , Kevin Cline, and Kenneth Branaugh was good. In fact the entire casting was well selected and the interaction worked. I liked the fake Victorian hi tech gadgets such as the steam powered wheelchair used by Dr. Loveless, the internal combustion powered bicycle, the custom train coach with all of it's gadgets, the bicycle flying machine, the tank, Dr. Loveless'weapon of mass destruction, Artemis Gordon's spur powered grinding machine and his numerous other inventions and disguises, to name a few. Costumes, makeup, and sets were excellent.
Entertainment at the lowest level possible
Wild Wild West is about to come out on video tomorrow, and unfortunately, I can't recommend it. Somehow, I got fooled into thinking that a cool trailer and an A-list cast should automatically equate to a good time at the movies. Should you see Wild Wild West, you may be minimally entertained by it all, but everything will seem worse when looking back in hindsight. Of course, my expectations were fairly high for this movie, but looking back, even someone who craves mindless fun will be at least a little disappointed. There's a lot of easy flaws to spot, and they ultimately cannot be forgiven. Here it goes....

First of all, those expecting tightly-paced action will be shocked. The fight scenes seem tired and lifeless, and the "climax" is ridiculous. The saloon brawls are pretty dull, featuring nothing but people getting punched and/or shot, all without flair. Okay, so this might be fine if the action was campy (like in Sam Raimi's ARMY OF DARKNESS), but the laugh product is unfortunately low. There are a few chuckle-worthy moments, but most of the humor is forced, especially when looking back in hindsight. I suppose someone might find it funny when Will Smith repeatedly utters the line "that is a man's head" in several different tones, but it's the most obvious kind of forced comedy. Actually, Kenneth Branagh delivers more laughs than everyone else combined in a deliciously over-the-top performance, but it's still not enough. Finally, the music is completely forgettable and repetitive.

Sad to say, this is not one of Will Smith's finer moments. Given some ripe material (such as in MEN IN BLACK or ENEMY OF THE STATE), he can be a delight, but he's all wrong here. He stretches his character's comic attributes over the action ones, and much like the rest of the movie, he comes out forced. Kevin Kline does a decent job, but the whole "mismatched partners trying to get along" concept has been done SO many times that it's irritating.

Given my sheer volume of complaints here, some may wonder if it's possible to enjoy Wild Wild West. The answer is "yes," but this is one of those movies that's so forced (just take that word as a given from now on) that it's strictly BRING YOUR OWN FUN. You won't find much entertainment here, you have to force (sorry) yourself to have some if you want any. Oh, and here's an afterthought: I saw Will Smith's "Wild Wild West" music video, and it's actually better than the movie. What are the odds of something like that? MY RATING: * 1/2
Terrible Terrible West
The slogan is "Get ready for a whole new west." Well, newer isn't always better. While I like Smith and Kline, the film was terrible and slow. Special FX were great, but the film still can't hold a candle to the TV series. The best part of the film was the opening credits made reminiscent of the original show.
Not a remake of the TV show, but an excellent parody. Truly hilarious.
I went into the theater expecting a spin-off of the television show I watched while growing up. Well, the names are the same, but Will Smith is way too tall to be Jim West! Likewise for Kevin Kline as Artemus Gordon! But both of those guys, and Kenneth Branagh as the evil Dr. Loveless, were outstanding as they spoofed the TV show. Smith is a funny man and when given some excellent lines, he delivers. This is a movie which deals the race card, time and again, and everybody loves it. Smith, as a black secret agent in 1869, gets to whoop up on the "rednecks" and make them look inept and silly. And he has an excellent rapport with Kline, who does a masterful job as Artemus Gordon, master mechanic.
Painfully Awkward, Predictable, and Horribly Written
I actually walked out of the movie before it was over, and I suspect that audiences everywhere will experience a similar impulse. The movie (I dare not write its name) is another one of the countless pictures that must have been written by some kind of experimental Hollywood software. It takes several excellent actors, one wonderful special effects marvel, shakes them up and out pops the same crap every time.

First of all, the trailers seem to imply that the setting is some kind of alternate futuristic Wild West. However, the writers decided to cram their horribly written plot into actual American history which is insulting and ridiculous. I liked Kenneth Branagh as the legless southern villain, Kevin Kline was adequate, and as usual Will Smith displayed the remarkable ability to play himself. The music in the film is traditional TV western fare which is bland and inappropriate. This movie desperately tries not to offend any age group or race, and ends up appealing to no one.

Upon exiting the theater in disgust I had the familiar thoughts, "I can't believe someone was PAID to write that, I can't believe I PAID to see that." Although I have had similar thoughts quite frequently over the last few years, this incidence was by far one of the most intense episodes. Watch Tarzan again instead.