In the 1990’s, Will Smith could do no wrong as actor. Independence Day, Bad Boys and and Men In Black were all hits at the box office.
Then Wild Wild West (1999) was released. The results were not the same as it’s predecessors.
Jim West (Will Smith) is a Civil War hero who is the brawn to Artemus Gordon’s (Kevin Kline)’s brains. Dr. Arliss Loveless (Kenneth Branagh) is a former Confederate soldier who is eager to reclaim the glory that the South lost when the North won the war. President Ulysses S Grant (also Kevin Kline) teams up Jim and Artemus to stop Dr. Loveless. Aided by Rita Escobar (Salma Hayek), Jim and Artemus are on a journey to prevent Dr. Loveless from succeeding, but it won’t be easy.
Combining the genres of action, the old west, comedy, history and a little science fiction, this movie tries to entertain the audience. Were the critics wrong? No. But at least the theme song wasn’t all that bad.