Western Wackiness

Wild Wild West is a bad movie, but I still love it. Like many movies I saw as a kid, Wild Wild West is one of my favorite childhood movies. However, I do understand why it won the Razzie award for Worst Picture, but I guess you can say I find it impossible to hate. Even though the humor is awkward, the actors look like they don’t want to be there (Will Smith even disowned the movie), and the whole western steampunk thing is bizarre to say the least. Wild Wild West was Will Smith’s second time working with Men and Black director Barry Sonnenfeld. It’s based on an old TV series that I’m certain most people have forgotten about. So the fact that they put so much effort into a movie is definitely odd. Will plays Jim West, a black cowboy working for the U.S. Army. In my opinion he’s just as fun to watch as his other performances. Kevin Kline plays Artemis Gordon (and President Grant), a U.S. Marshall inventor who wears different disguises. There’s also Salma Hayek as the love interest Rita and Kenneth Branagh as the wacky wheelchair bound villain Arliss Loveless. Who notably builds an 80 ft tarantula for some reason. I was so obsessed with Wild Wild West that I dressed up like Jim West for my first Halloween. Along with Woody, Cowboys were just “the thing” for me growing up. I also sang along to, and danced to, the movies theme song. Good thing YouTube wasn’t around back then. When you’re a child any movie you see feels like the greatest thing ever. All I’ll say is watch Wild Wild West at your own risk.

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Jim West (left) and Artemis Gordon (right) talk to the President

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