WILD WILD WEST
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Written by Brent Maddock, Jeffrey Price, Peter
S.S. Wilson, based on a story by Jim Thomas & John Thomas
Starring Will Smith, Kevin Kline,
Kenneth Branagh, Salma Hayek, Ted Levine
My Advice: Rent it
Rating: out of
Two of the best federal law enforcements officers in 1860's
America have just come nose to nose. Jim West (Smith) is an impetuous brawler who lives by his gun. Artemus Gordon
(Kline) is a master of disguise and gadgetry. They both work alone, at least until President Grant orders them
to join forces and stop the evil "Bloodbath" McGrath (Levine) along with whoever is funding his plot
to kidnap brilliant scientists (and in some cases behead them).
I liked this film. Maybe it's just me but I found it an entertaining
romp, and sometimes that's all one is looking for. Kline is brilliant, as he always is and Smith pulls off his
Anti-West in fine fashion. The only thing I really could not tolerate was Salma Hayek and her lack of relevance
to the storyline. Kenneth Branagh, who plays the paraplegic villain Dr. Loveless, has a great time doing the part
and pulls it off in the over the top, ala Jim Carrey, style of acting I felt the part deserved.
Don't go into this movie expecting much. It's not meant to deliver
that way. If you're looking for lighthearted entertainment, with occasional gags and amusing one liners, this is
the flick for you. If you're looking for substance, well....it's not out there.