After months of waiting for Priyanka Chopra’s Hollywood debut, Baywatch, it is finally here but only for US. In India, it will release on June 2. Reviews have started flowing in from the US. Critics are not liking the movie and gave not so good reviews but our Indian goddess Priyanka Chopra is getting a lot of love from international critics for her Hollywood debut.
As the reviews of Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron-starrer Baywatch come out, Priyanka is getting much appreciation for the film. The rating for the film on Rotten Tomatoes is between 18 to 19% which makes it one of the worst reviewed films. However, almost every reviewer was impressed by Priyanka. Here are some reviews:
“Baywatch takes its source material’s jiggle factor to R-rated levels, but lacks the original’s campy charm — and leaves its charming stars flailing in the shallows.” said Rotten Tomatoes.
“Chopra has fun as the baddie.The showdown is the best moment in the film, one which cleverly shows its female villain no gender-based charity. I wish more movies had female super villains”, said Forbes Magazine.
IGN termed Priyanka as the highlight of Baywatch. “The only other highlight is Priyanka Chopra as nefarious entrepreneur Victoria Leeds, who outshines pretty much anyone she’s in a scene with. Chopra’s engaging and interesting and is the only character that speaks with any kind of distinctive cadence, with the rest of the cast falling into the exact same pattern of delivery of their hackneyed gags. None of them are given much of anything to do, either.”
Collider has given her the ultimate compliment: She should be the next James Bond baddie. Guys over there in London, are you listening. Collider review said, “The real standout is Chopra. I’ve never seen her TV series Quantico, but she owns the film every second she’s on screen. Victoria isn’t a particularly memorable villain on the page, but Chopra is commanding, and when she gets called an aspiring Bond villain, it made me want her to be the villain in the next Bond movie. If there’s one good thing that can come from the wreckage of this movie, it’s for Chopra’s career in Hollywood films to take off,”
Independent said Priyanka was underused in the film said, “Despite being incredibly talented, Chopra is clinically underused, the script offering her nothing to work with.”
Earlier, Birth.Movies.Death review called her the ‘Indian goddess’. “The Indian goddess brings a (sadly underutilized) brainy charisma to every scene that feels fit for a better picture”.
Birth.Movies.Death’s review felt more of Priyanka would have been good for the film, “The Indian goddess brings a (sadly underutilized) brainy charisma to every scene that feels fit for a better picture”. Elle wrote, “Priyanka Chopra, though, as real-estate titan villainness Victoria Leeds, makes everything around her look like a really, really nice car commercial.” Radio Times praised Priyanka, “Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra judges the mood perfectly, playing the villain with exactly the right amount of dramatic flair (“I’m not a Bond villain… yet” she teases during an interrogation).”
Radio Times’ Robert Luxford praised Priyanka some more. “Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra judges the mood perfectly, playing the villain with exactly the right amount of dramatic flair (“I’m not a Bond villain… yet” she teases during an interrogation),” he wrote.
Telegraph added, “The plot, about an Indian gangster queen (Priyanka Chopra) importing drugs along the coast, is wafer-thin and perfunctory at best. And yet, somehow, Gordon stretches the movie’s running time to two hours, beefing it up with a fatuous romantic subplot and not one, but two heinously long-winded penile gags ripped straight from the Farrelly brothers’ textbook of gross-out comedy.”
The Guardian said, “Even Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, the underused villain of the piece, looks like she was contractually obliged to show as much flesh as permissible”.
New York Post says, “It washes up on the beach like a dead whale… Even the action scenes need CPR, often undermined by effects so chintzy, you wonder if the money intended for them was instead eaten up by the production’s seven-figure waxing budget. It’s a shame. The cast is capable, and a meta-examination of “Baywatch” should have produced something sharper.”
Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Baywatch — the rare movie that even the Teflon-coated, thousand-watt charisma of Dwayne Johnson can’t save. It’s possible that this sloppy, scattershot nod to ’90s jiggle TV was inevitable.”
The film is directed by Seth Gordon and set to release in India on June 2.