Wild Wild West

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  • Summary: A retro epic that mixes witty science fiction with hip-hop savoir-faire -- all set against a Western background. (Warner Bros.)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 25
  2. Negative: 11 out of 25
  1. 80
    Lots of laughs, lots of fisticuffs, lots of cool toys, lots of stuff getting blown up: Who could ask for anything more from a summer movie?
  2. 70
    A movie that's dazzling as you watch it and immediately unsatisfying afterward.
  3. The film sacrifices playfulness and humor to concentrate on a relentless display of elaborate but ho-hum gadgets and gizmos.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    As impressive as the industrial-style special effects may be, they're both too much and not enough for this mild mild West.
  5. The fusion of cheekiness and deliberately overscaled fantasy never jells.
  6. From the look of this film, its prime appreciators will be heavy-metal futurist dweebs.
  7. 10
    The movie is exhausting, utterly without feeling, and pointless -- though Smith looks great in his Western outfit.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 8 out of 15
  1. AndrewR
    Dec 10, 2007
    10
    One of my favorite comedy/sci-fi movies of all time.
  2. Sep 14, 2012
    10
    A very strange, hilarious, and ultimately fun popcorn flick, don't believe all of the people who think cinema should be a serious, logicalA very strange, hilarious, and ultimately fun popcorn flick, don't believe all of the people who think cinema should be a serious, logical affair, just kick back and enjoy the ridiculous mix of crazy machinery, stupid humor and some rather nice shots of Salma Hayek's butt ;) Expand
  3. Apr 16, 2011
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. While the plot is a mess, the movie is the perfect summer flick in my opinion. Great action, good humor ( with the exception of the "tough my breast" part), fantastic art direction, costume design and special effects, very cool gadgets , and the creative talents of Will Smith, Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh. Overall, Wild Wild West is brainless fun at the movies, not anything else. And if all your expectations are to watch a brainless summer film, then Wild Wild West is perfect film for you. Expand
  4. Mar 17, 2013
    7
    Despite allot of criticism this movie has received, I liked it. Good humor, good all round performances, great effects and some really novelDespite allot of criticism this movie has received, I liked it. Good humor, good all round performances, great effects and some really novel ideas. The biggest problems this movie has stem from the fact that you can clearly see that it could have been better and that it does have a really weak overall script. They have the talent. They've got a great director. They have the concept. They have the money to do some great FX. So what went wrong? Crappy writers! Proof that even a strong chain can be broken by its weakest link. Overall: Flaws aside I still had allot of fun watching this movie and I still liked it. Deeply flawed, but enjoyable. Expand
  5. AnonymousMC
    Oct 14, 2006
    5
    Despite great talents and $170 million at Sonnefield's disposal, this film fall flat at being a new kind of western. OK, the Despite great talents and $170 million at Sonnefield's disposal, this film fall flat at being a new kind of western. OK, the tarantula's nice, and some gadgets are cool, and the film does show some creative moments. However, the horrid script and dialogue, ill-defined characters, lack of chemistry, and absolutely lame comedy (with very few exceptions) ultimately kill this film. Overall, Wild Wild West shows what happens when you get the flash (action, special FX, etc.) right but screw up on the basics (script, dialogue). Ultimately, it's a sore missed opportunity to modernize the western, flushing a good production design down the toilet. Expand
  6. Apr 3, 2016
    2
    Smith Misfires in 'Wild Wild' Mess!

    The best thing about "Wild Wild West" is the jaunty, Stevie Wonder-sampling title tune by Will Smith,
    Smith Misfires in 'Wild Wild' Mess!

    The best thing about "Wild Wild West" is the jaunty, Stevie Wonder-sampling title tune by Will Smith, and I'm already sick of that. Besides, the movie makes you wait an hour and 47 minutes before it even lets you hear it.

    "Wild Wild Waste" is more like it.

    Waste of time, waste of money and colossal waste of talent.

    Let's face it – hordes of people are not going to rush out to a 19th-century costume drama, even one with an 80-foot robot spider, to see Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh and Salma Hayek (although Ms. Hayek certainly is easy on the eyes). The real reason anyone wants to watch "WWW" is "MiB." You're hoping against hope that pairing superstar Smith with his "Men in Black" director Barry Sonnenfeld will produce the same movie magic as their 1997 hit.

    You are wrong.

    Okay, this film based on the 1960s TV comedy/sci-fi/western starring Robert Conrad does have some of the same ingredients as "Men in Black." As special government agent Jim West, Smith gets to wear cool shades, dress in black and shoot guns (albeit the 1869 version of Ray-Bans, a cowboy outfit and a six-shooter). Instead of Tommy Lee Jones, his quasi-adversarial sidekick is the wacky inventor Artemus Gordon (Kline), who keeps him supplied with "Get Smart"-style secret weapons like a bayonet that pops out of his boot tip. In the special effects category, West does battle not with aliens but with the evil mastermind and double amputee, Dr. Arliss Loveless (Branagh), who plans to take over the United States with a giant flame-throwing hydraulic robot in the shape of a tarantula.

    Yeah, I know, it sounds terrific, doesn't it?

    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. He's not asked to be much more than a cinematic Carol Merrill here, looking glamorous while displaying a screen full of high-tech gadgets.

    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. He's not asked to be much more than a cinematic Carol Merrill here, looking glamorous while displaying a screen full of high-tech gadgets.

    In fairness, though, he's not the only one. Loveless's henchwomen are also played by a quartet of wooden supermodels (Frederique Van Der Wal, Bai Ling, Musetta Vander and Sofia Eng). What Hayek is doing here I've already forgotten. Oh yeah, she's trying to rescue her scientist father from Loveless, who has kidnapped the world's brains to design his arachnoid kill-bot.

    What worked about the campy old television show was that, despite its unbelievable gadgetry, it still had one foot (all right, maybe only a toe) firmly planted in historical reality. "WWW" is so far-fetched (a black secret agent in the racist deep South of the 1860s?) and implausibly futuristic (flying saw blades that act like heat-seeking missiles?) that it has to work twice as hard to make the fanciful premise work.

    West's mission against Loveless is explained as a vendetta dating from the Civil War, when the nefarious Louisianan slaughtered our hero's parents in a settlement of freed slaves. As a child, West of course managed to escape on foot to Utah, where he was raised by wolves, I mean Indians.

    Give it a rest.

    Either make the whole dang thing one big, over-the-top cartoon (forgetting race and melodrama and feeble attempts at sense) or lose some of the bad puns ("No more Mr. Knife Guy"), stupid anachronisms like thong underwear and the expression "butt-ugly," and jokes about "Air Gordon" and wheelchair access.

    Wasn't "The Avengers" punishment enough?
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  7. Sep 13, 2011
    0
    It may be me but I do not like this movie (except for Rodney A Grant as Hudson). The story is very thin and the laughs are cheap. The movieIt may be me but I do not like this movie (except for Rodney A Grant as Hudson). The story is very thin and the laughs are cheap. The movie contains great actors so it could have been so mush better Expand

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