How many morons does it take to screw up a movie? Three, two to write the script and one to direct it.Poor Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh must have lost a bet with Satan to star in this disaster. I guess every actor has to have his/her occasional "bomb" to keep their heads from swelling. I have to admit, the previews made me want to see this because it looked like a good old-fashioned comedy/action movie with great special effects. But I'm sorry, I'm a little picky about plot gaps, and this movie was full of them. It seemed to me like the writers came up with the most ourrageous situations to get the good guys stuck in, but then hadn't a braincell in their heads to come up with a way out of the situations... so they bullshitted their way out.
The time is the old west. Jim West (Will Smith) and Artemus Gordon (Kevin Kline) are after some half-bodied madman in a wheelchair who wants to rule the United States. Salma Hayek plays some floozy tramp who bares her butt too many times for me to enjoy it and spouts lines like, "Ohh...he's sooo brave!" Kenneth Branagh plays Dr. Arliss Loveless, the madman. He is the only decent person in the movie, folks. So the goodguys get caught again and again, Loveless puts them in awful deathtraps again and again, and they continue to survive. "Fenris, how do they survive?" you ask. Well, Hell if I know. They have to dodge flying spinning blades that are magnetically attracted to the collars on their necks, and they survive by jumping into some munghole and the blades... blow up? Jim West has to fight Loveless' mechanical crew of his giant spider, and he defeats an all metal Frankenstein by... handing him a big wrench? And then of course, West and Loveless fall out of the giant spider, and suddenly there's a dead guy on a chain hanging there that West manages to catch on, yet we ALL saw the dead guy and the chain go falling ALL THE WAY OUT earlier. Those are a few examples of the poor planning put into this big budget flop.
I can only hope they don't make a sequel to this... and Kline and Branagh feel deep shame for the roles they played in bringing this into creation. Next time guys, if you can't think of a way for someone to get out of a tight predicament... DON'T PUT THEM IN IT!!!That's what you get for letting someone named "John Thomas" and his brother "Jim" write the script.