Wild Wild West

  • Film
  • Westerns
Nominally a modern update on a long-forgotten '60s TV show, this monument to the vacuous excesses of chequebook cinema highlights the desperation of those who throw money at the screen hoping it will buy them a blockbuster. Back in the Old West, sassy marshal James West (Smith) and gadget master Artemus Gordon (Kline) are the two federal agents assigned to track down just who has been kidnapping the country's top scientists. Rita (Hayek) is the gal along for the ride since her dad is one of the disappeared. Dr Arliss Loveless (Branagh, beyond excruciating) is the megalomaniac techno wizard behind it all, a vengeful Confederate who now plans the overthrow of the US government. What happens? Lots of explosions as Branagh's giant mechanical tarantula runs amok, lots of gizmos as Kline rigs up a secret weapon on rails, and absolutely - repeat absolutely - no laughs from a pitiful script. A profound fog of boredom swiftly descends, quite unrecognisable as the work of the Barry Sonnenfeld who put such zip into Men in Black.

Release details

Duration: 106 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Screenwriter: SS Wilson, Brent Maddock, Jeffrey Price, Peter S Seaman
Cast: Will Smith
Kevin Kline
Kenneth Branagh
Salma Hayek
M Emmet Walsh
Ted Levine
Frederique Van Der Wal
Musetta Vander

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1.3 / 5

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Godbluff

Just saw this movie on TV for the first time and think it has become one of those films that is so panned that no one dare say anything good about it. Well actually its not that bad - there are MUCH worse movies that don't get such a pasting - and will probably entertain most of you and your kids especially for a couple of hours. Not great but oddly under-rated.