I mean, it has Will Smith in it. I LOVE Will Smith. He's just so awesome. He always seems to be dressed well, he raps, he acts, he has a cute family. He's been The Fresh Prince, a secret government agent, a homeless superhero, and a doctor/zombiefighter! He's currently in pre-production for a movie where he's going to be a freakin' Pharoah!!
So yeah. Will Smith = Great Movie. Winning formula, right?
Additionally, Wild Wild West has Kevin Kline as Smith's partner. KEVIN KLINE! I have an established history of not liking movies with Kevin Kline, and yet whenever I hear he's in a movie I'm like, "Oooo! Kevin Kline!" He was in a movie version of The Pirates of Penzance, in which he was The Pirate King. Great role. Terrible movie. I also thought A Midsummer Night's Dream was crap, but I'm pretty sure he was in that one. Hmmm...I thought he was funny in A Prarie Home Companion, but that was a BORING LONG ASS movie. Huh. That's weird.
So...Wild Wild West. On the one hand, Will Smith. I'm gonna love it. On the other hand, Kevin Kline. I'm gonna hate it. WHICH WILL WIN????
Holy crap steampunk cowboys I am in love.
Also, holy crap that is a stupid plot with stupid dialogue and stupid characters and STUPID SPIDERS EVERYWHERE.
Wild Wild West is a bad movie. But it's so bad it's good, like Mystery Men. Or maybe I just have a weakness for terrible, terrible movies. (That's what Seanie thinks; he's always telling me I have bad taste in movies.) But I was kinda very delighted with Wild Wild West.
Eighty foot mechanical spiders! Hyponosis brassieres! Rocket-powered penny-farthing bicycles! Round sunglasses! Hip Western wear! Tight-laced corsets! There's so much awesome in the costume design and gadgety steampunk STUFF. Even though the special effects often seem primitive by today's standards, the sets and everything just LOOK SO COOL.
But OMG Kenneth Brannagh WHY IS HE IN THIS MOVIE I HATE HIM SO MUCH AND NOT IN A GOOD WAY. He's so smarmy and his over-the-top Southern accent almost killed me.
Also that guy with the little horn poking out of his ear? Gross.
And that awkward "Touch my breast!" conversation? Eeew.
And yet I was laughing and delighted for most of the movie. I wonder if I'm going batty in my old age?