Wild Wild West

Starring: Salma Hayek, Kenneth Branagh, Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Ted Levine

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Produced by: Warner Bros., Peters Entertainment, Sonnenfeld/Josephson Productions

Distributed by: Warner Bros.

Genre: science fiction

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Review by Xibo Date seen: July 2, 1999
Viewing Location: Chelsea, NYC Grade: A-
Summary: A k00l steampunk comedy.
Will Smith stars in yet another blockbuster for him, as Captain James West in the late 1800's. He plays a kick-ass gunslinger partnered with a clever trickster U.S. Marshall, Kevin Kline. The two work against each other at first, due to their highly different styles and methods. As they combat the evil Dr. Loveless, a mad genius, they team up and become friends. Loveless is played by Kenneth Branagh, and is certainly not his best performance. The script saves him though, as his character is a legless cripple, and he trades insults with Smith constantly (racial jokes vs. cripple jokes). One of the best parts of the film is ILM's creation of "steampunk" technology, with mechanical giant spiders and "transformer" trains and tanks, making this western a sci-fi film. 

Review by Finrod Date seen: 0, 0000
Viewing Location: theater, unfortunately Grade: D
Summary: AUGH suck suck suck
This movie was like a nice piece of fruit that sat in the sun for too long and turned sour and nasty. It had so much potential-- steampunk, good actors, a good budget, even a big mechanical contraption, but it just failed Failed FAILED so miserably at all of it. Whoever wrote the scene where Will Smith tries and fails at crossdressing should never be allowed to write a scene for any Hollywood movie ever again. Hell, it even had Salma Hayek in a nice outfit in a room with a cool bondage cage and it NEVER USED IT. This movie just failed on so many counts. I'd give it an F except that South Park was able to use it for good humor purposes. (How sad is that?)  

Review by tif Date seen: January 21, 2000
  Grade: D
Summary: Why?
I saw this movie on the plane to San Francisco and I didn't buy the headphones. The frightening thing was that I didn't need to hear the dialogue to figure out that the movie sucked HUGE ROCKS. I didn't fail this movie entirely for only two reasons: Will Smith fighting with no shirt on, and Salma Hayek in a cage with almost no shirt on. 

D+ D+ D+
Review by Carneggy Date seen: April 16, 2000
Viewing Location: home Grade: D+
Summary: You know it's a bad sign...
...when the action sequences of the music video at the end of the tape looks better and more interesting than the film itself. While some bits and pieces were visually impressive, there were so very many hard-to-fathom choices by the filmmakers/writers that it took me a long, long time to bother to watch it all. Almost everyone in the film is either miscast or cast just to add their name to the film, adding nothing to the movie (why *is* salma hayek's character in the film? Because noone wants to make a movie without a female 'lead'). They even had the original 60's actor cameo as the president - but only for *one* of the four or five scenes they used the Pres in.  

C- C- C-
Review by tmon Date seen: August 4, 2000
Viewing Location: New York City Grade: C-
Summary: Gimmie a break.
Yawn, yawn, yawn. Special effects (lame) over story line (horrible). These otherwise great actors should be ashamed of themselves.  

A+ A+ A+
Review by Moondancer Date seen: March 31, 2003
Viewing Location: Home Grade: A+
Summary: Lots of fun!
I suppose it helped that Smith and Klien are two of my favorite actors anyway, but seeing them together was a great treat. As a little girl, I remember seeing reruns of the original TV series, but I liked this version much more. Bottom line, this is not a serious piece, guys. Really it is not meant to be. For what it is, it is tops! 

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