Priyanka Chopra plays Victoria Leeds in Baywatch movie.

‘Baywatch’ 2017 Movie Review: ‘Quantico’ Star Priyanka Chopra Shines In Poor Adaptation

Quantico star Priyanka Chopra stole the show in the 2017 movie adaptation of the famous TV show that once captured the heart of millions. As Baywatch movie review goes public, it becomes obvious that there is hardly anything to be excited about. However, there is Chopra, who shines even though she is not in a bikini, unlike most other female stars in the movie.

Priyanka Chopra plays Victoria Leeds, the villain in the movie. While the role was originally written for a male actor, Chopra successfully managed to make bad look terrific in the movie. Sadly enough, everything else in the movie is not worth getting amazed about. Dwayne Johnson, with his superhuman muscles, does shine as a human body. We also get the charming grin. But, that’s it.

It was not possible for The Rock to take the movie ahead singlehandedly, no matter how much he might have tried. The makers of the movie wanted to make an R-rated comedy. They did not want viewers under 17 to hit the theaters without being accompanied by an adult guardian. So, there was a lot of focus on the raunchy content. However, the movie even fails to be effectively raunchy. In one of the scenes, Zac Efron and Johnson play with a p*nis on a corpse in a morgue. And that explains how director Seth Gordon planned to build the humor.

The interactions between Johnson and Efron remain some of the memorable moments in the movie anyway. Baywatch 2017 has some humorous moments with the names The Rock calls his partner. The funny, yet meaningful nicknames that Johnson gives Zac include One Direction, N Sync, and High School Musical. There is apparently a deliberate attempt to make Zac look like champion U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte, ABC News reported. However, Gordon misses the plot in everything else. Basically, the movie gets tiresome after a few minutes.

Quantico star Priyanka Chopra stole the show in Baywatch movie.
Quantico star Priyanka Chopra stole the show in the Baywatch movie. [Image by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP Images]

Nevertheless, Gordon did one thing right with the film. He had an important Skype call sometime back, and that made a difference to the movie. The director selected Chopra as the Baywatch villain after he had a video call with her on Skype. They were supposed to discuss the character of one of the lifeguards. However, Gordon discovered the dark side in the former Miss World and cast her for the meaty role. Victor became Victoria, and Gordon modified the shooting schedule for the Quantico star.

“I knew from my first conversation with Priyanka that she is an absolute killer,” the USA Today quoted Gordon as saying. “One Skype and it was a done deal.”

Even Priyanka Chopra was happy to do a role that would not require her to be in a bikini. She explained why. The Indian actress basically loves her food. She loves the fact that she did not have to go on a strict diet to fit into the Baywatch bikini brigade.

“Screen lifeguard is so much pressure. You’d have to eat, like, one almond a day to stay in those swimsuits.”

Chopra’s role in the Baywatch movie is a polar opposite of her Quantico character. In her own words, Alex Parrish is the ultimate hero while Victoria Leeds is just the opposite. While Victoria wants to own the world, Alex wants to save it.

Priyanka Chopra plays Victoria Leeds in Baywatch movie.
Priyanka Chopra plays Victoria Leeds in Baywatch movie. [Image by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Images]

Chopra gave a hint that she would be doing another movie soon. The approval of Quantico Season 3 surely gives her the required time to try her luck in Hollywood. She did not miss the opportunity to play a totally different character in the movie, which exposes her versatility as a performer.

Nevertheless, even Priyanka Chopra’s strong performance was not enough to save the Baywatch movie. The 2017 version received poor reviews all around.

On a more positive note, India TV made a list of compliments Priyanka Chopra received from various critics.

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