Title: The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
Directors: Patrick Hughes
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Frank Grillo, Richard E. Grant, Antonio Banderas, & Morgan Freeman
Movie length: 1 hours 40 minutes
What it is: The sequel to 2017’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard, sees Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is on a sabbaticals when he encounters (and is rescued by) Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek)…the wife of Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson). Now they must save Europe from disaster…while Michael is “forbidden” from using guns and killing people.
What Dan thought: It was a decent action movie, but the story itself was very lackluster. While Samuel Jackson’s and Salma Hayek’s characters have great chemistry together (they are both crazy), you really don’t care about them since “nothing can kill them”. The songs they chose for certain scenes were terrific, the movie had some pretty funny comedic moments and action scenes. But overall, the script was not that great. Oh and the end of the movie sets up yet another sequel to this franchise…it will be interesting to see if it’s pursued.
What Alanah thought: It’s disappointing to say that this sequel doesn’t live up to the fun, action, or concept of the first film. The pieces are all there – Hayek remains a gift to us all, barreling through curses 19 syllables long while flailing like some sort of feral cat. Jackson continues his commitment to total insanity as the unkillable Kincaid. There is a tremendous bit of cameo casting that will tickle you silly. Even the setting, proper villain (Banderas), and stakes are worthwhile. Where this film fails, however, is in plot logic, painfully stilted dialogue, and dramatically undercutting every emotional beat with such a profound thread of “This Doesn’t Matter Anyway” that every moment falls flat. Absent of any reason to care about the characters, who barely even seem to care about each other much less have clear ideas about what they want or why they want it, this movie ends up being a loosely held together bundles of mildly funny moments intercut with blurry, unclear action sequences and no real protagonist.
Even so, the franchise could come back with a successful third entry, but given the severity of the way lost with this second movie, this reviewer isn’t holding out much hope for The Hitman’s Bodyguard’s Family.
Dan’s Grade: 6/10. While I was glad to be back in theaters for the first time in over a year this movie wasn’t as good as I was hoping it would be. It is a good popcorn/leave your brain at the door movie…but that’s about all it had going for it.
Alanah’s Grade: 5/10. The overall result is a reasonably tolerable popcorn movie, but it is also a mess of a flick that is absolutely not worth spending money to see.
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard opens in theaters on June 16, 2021 in the United States.
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