In a way, Wild Wild West is the Anakin Skywalker of action movies: rife with potential, but ultimately a monstrous disaster that caused massive unrest in the universe. It had all the makings of a summer smash hit, what with Will Smith, Salma Hayek, a song by Will Smith, oh—and a giant mechanical spider or something?! What happened?
Sixteen years have passed since the movie debuted, and still nothing has inflicted the same amount of disappointment within my soul than that fateful day in 1999 when Will Smith and Kevin Kline partnered up to ruin history. Because I like aging bad movies, I decided to give it another go and see what I would learn from rewatching Wild Wild West.