James West (Will Smith – Hancock, Men in Black) is a government special agentand former Civil War hero with as fast a mouth as he is with a six shooter. Inventor/master of disguise/U.S. marshal Artemus Gordon (Kevin Kline – No Strings Attached, A Fish Called Wanda) is paired with West in an assignment to stop the dastardly Dr. Arliss Loveless (Kenneth Branagh – Hamlet, Valkyrie), who has a plot that put the entire United States in danger.
Traveling on a train from Washington D.C. to Utah West and Gordon have to try and stop Loveless’s plot to restart the Civil War by assassinating President Ulysses Grant (Kevin Kline). In order to carry out his plan Loveless has kidnapped several of the nation’s leading scientists. West and Gordon have their hands full trying to keep ahead of all of Loveless’s various machines and not be distracted by the beautiful daughter (Salma Hayek – Grown Ups, Across the Universe) of one of the kidnapped scientists.
This is a perfect example of a large budget summer blockbuster. They are rarely any good and yet tons of people go see them. Why? I don’t know. The Will Smith factor? Maybe. Director Barry Sonnenfeld (Get Shorty, Men in Black) seems to know that a straight forward Western won’t work with the summer crowd, so he adds in plenty of special effects and action to try and keep the viewers interest. What he seems to have forgotten, however, is the story. It don’t matter how strong your CGI is if your plot is weak. Even the usual Will Smith/Sonnenfeld dry humour falls flat. Nothing is working. I don’t think he of huge ego, Will Smith, even realizes that he is not funny…often! They even try again and again to go to the race humour well. Totally inappropriate and even worse, not funny. The entire cast tries hard to make it funny, but it is too far gone. Nothing can be done.
–HBO First Look: It’s a Whole New West
– Wardrobes of the West
– Good Guys’ Gadgets
– Loveless Ladies
– Evil Devices
– Making the Wild Wild West Music Video
– Will Smith/Dru Hill/Kool Moe Dee’s “Wild Wild West” music video
– Enrique Iglesias’ “Bailamos” music video
– Theatrical Trailer