Wild Wild West (1999)

Wild Wild West (1999, USA) C-107m. ** D: Barry Sonennfeld. Starring Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Salma Hayek, M. Emmet Walsh, Ted Levine, Bai Ling. Pretty crazy western action comedy, based on a television series from the late 1960s. Smith and Kline, two of the cleverest gunslingers in the west team up to bring down mad inventor Branagh, who wants to President to resign so that he can take his place. Some overblown visual effects, an annoyingly over-the-top performance by Branagh, but also a few laughs. This is well-paced and quite entertaining. Photographed by Michael Ballhaus, scored by Elmer Bernstein.


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