Cinema: Westward, No

Not even Will Smith can rescue this misadventure

Wild, Wild West poses this not very pressing question: Can a comedy--we use that term in the broadest possible sense--costing something north of $100 million hope to succeed solely on the basis of special effects, cross-dressing and a vertically challenged villain? The depressing answer, given the apparently endless supply of adolescents with nothing better to do in the summer, is probably yes.

But for adults with fond recall of the retro James Bond TV show on which the movie is based, and with more recent memories of the sharp yet genial bite of director Barry Sonnenfeld's Men in Black and Get...

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