Wild Wild West (1999)
Critic Consensus: Bombastic, manic, and largely laugh-free, Wild Wild West is a bizarre misfire in which greater care was lavished upon the special effects than on the script.
|Rating:||PG-13 (for action violence, sex references and innuendo)|
|Genre:||Western, Action & Adventure, Comedy|
|Directed By:||Barry Sonnenfeld|
|Written By:||Jim Thomas, John Thomas, S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock, Jeffrey Price|
|In Theaters:||Jun 30, 1999 Wide|
|On DVD:||Nov 30, 1999|
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Critic Reviews for Wild Wild West
The movie is exhausting, utterly without feeling, and pointless -- though Smith looks great in his Western outfit.
The result? A cautionary tale about boys and their toys and what happens when a star, Will Smith, and a director, Barry Sonnenfeld, are given way too much money to play with.
Wild, Wild West poses this not very pressing question: Can a comedy costing something north of $100 million hope to succeed solely on the basis of special effects, cross-dressing and a vertically challenged villain?
In the tradition of such unwatchable blockbusters as Armageddon, Con Air, and Godzilla comes Wild Wild West, yet another cinematic Spruce Goose that illustrates how bigger is rarely better.
Unfortunately, Smith's abundant charm is squandered by making him play second fiddle to a bunch of dumb machines that look like rejected maquettes from a Star Wars brainstorming session.
Audience Reviews for Wild Wild West
As Ebert said, all concept and no content. Will Smith is just playing the fresh prince on the west. Kline and Branagh do what they can to save this thing, but it's not enough. Also, somebody remind me why Salma Hayek is consider an "A" list hollywood star when she can't act even one bit.
Looks fun, but, Wild Wild West, is a pure crap.
Wild Wild West is a very poorly executed action film. Barry Sonnenfeld only has one good film under his belt (Men in Black) and the rest are garbage, but Wild Wild West takes the cake as his worst yet. I've seen such an awful film. This film is so poorly crafted, that you wonder how this ever got the go ahead. Everything about this film is terrible. The acting, the story and directing. Sonnenfeld really isn't a good director, and he's made more bad films than good one. Wild Wild West is a strained film that tries too hard at delivering something to the audience. The only problem is, is that this film bores the viewer to death. I remember watching this film and it was very boring. The film is pure crap. What's surprising is the amount of good actors in this film, Ted Levine, Kenneth Branagh for one have impressive resumes. I wonder why these established and talented actors decided to star in this awful mess. This film insults the Western films of old, and makes a mockery of the genre. Maybe with a better script this film could've worked. It's like Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, no one thought that it would be good, but guess what? It was. This could have been a top notch action film with a different director and of course script, but scriptwriters to capture what was fun about the original Westerns of the 60's, and above all the TV show it was based on. This film is a waste of time, and an awful action film from a not so good director.
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