A trigger-happy cowboy and a quirky U.S. marshal must join
forces to stop a Confederate madman from taking over the country.
Wild Wild West (1999)
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Written by S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock, Jeffrey Price,
Peter S. Seaman
Starring Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Salma Hayek, Ted Levine, M. Emmet Walsh, Bai Ling, Musetta Vander
Based on the 1965-1969 TV series
Okay, look. I know this movie sucks. It's a black mark on the careers of everybody involved (except maybe Kenneth Branagh). That being said, it's tough not to enjoy it a little bit. The film doesn't take itself seriously at all and despite the terrible chemistry between Will Smith and Kevin Kline, Wild Wild West just makes me smile.
Virtually the only saving grace this film has is the scene-chewing performance by Kenneth Branagh, who plays the villainous Dr. Loveless. Even though the movie is terrible, Branagh actually delivers one of the most entertaining performances of his career. He seems to be the only one of the main cast who knows this movie isn't going anywhere.
From the ridiculous dialogue to the giant mechanical tarantula, there's no shortage of bad things to say about Wild Wild West. Still, it's charming in its own way and I continue to watch it despite its many flaws.