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Wild Wild West (1999)
One of the box-office smashes of the summer of 1999, this film by director Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black, Get Shorty) was raked by critics but embraced by audiences.
Based on the 1960s TV adventure show that starred Robert Conrad, this film reimagined Secret Service agent James West as Will Smith, adding Oscar-winner Kevin Kline as his sidekick, agent-inventor Artemus Gordon.
President Ulysses S. Grant puts West and Gordon on the trail of malign genius (and former Confederate soldier) Dr. Arliss Loveless (Kenneth Branagh) in a story about racism, partnership, and world domination.
The special effects are lavish, even garish, but not all that special; they're not enough to elevate a mundane and familiar plot.
Even Branagh, playing a man who only exists from the waist up--literally--can't find the juice in this lumbering affair.
Still, the fast-talking team of Smith and Kline is a nimble one.
Smith's affable charm and Kline's subversive wit win many points, though not nearly enough.
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