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YMMV: Wild Wild West
  • Adaptation Displacement: Not everyone who has seen (or even heard of) this film is aware of the TV show it's based on (an impression helped by there being no mention of said show on the credits).
  • Complete Monster: Arliss Loveless is a former white slaver and technology expert with no allegiance to anyone but himself. In addition to being an utter bigot, he slaughters General McGrath's men in front of him with a tank prototype as punishment for surrendering to the North and to use the General's men as target practice. He kills the General himself when he demands that Loveless stop the massacre. He plans to destroy the United States unless the President surrenders to his new alliance, and firebombs a random frontier town to prove his point. He sells out the former Confederacy that he fought for when he presents his plan to carve up the whole country amongst himself and a collection of foreign powers. It's revealed that he previously used his tank to wipe out a settlement of free slaves, including Jim West's family, also for target practice.
  • Critic Proof: Despite both bad reviews and a poor box office performance, the film still recouped its budget nearly twice over.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: For all of the film's mixed reception, Elmer Bernstein's score is fantastic, with some saying that the opening theme deserved a better film.
    • Especially since this turned out to be the last Western that this master of scoring Westerns ever did.
  • Ear Worm: The "Wild Wild West" song was everywhere when this movie came out. Beware. If you remember the words, it'll get stuck in your head forever.
  • Ham and Cheese: Pretty much what makes this film So Bad, It's Good. Mostly comes from Kenneth Branagh and Kevin Kline, though Will Smith is certainly not restraining himself.
  • Internet Backdraft: Mentioning this movie to any fan of the TV series is 99.9% guaranteed to hit a Berserk Button on their part.
  • Love It or Hate It: It is a fun movie despite rather awkward storytelling and it being very, very scarcely true to the series. It's really up to the viewer to decide if it's worth watching.
  • Memetic Mutation: The Spider Tank, which has since become associated with producer Jon Peters' obsession with giant spiders due to an anecdote from Kevin Smith.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: A Western on crack.


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