FlixChatter Review: Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

Happy Eclipse Day folks! Did you get outside and view it? It’s only partial eclipse where I live, but still pretty cool. Well, at least there’s something fun to do on a Monday. Well, as Summer season is almost coming to a close, I have to say it has been kind of a ho-hum Summer at the movies. There’s nothing that truly wowed me… even Chris Nolan’s Dunkirk which I was impressed with, didn’t really linger in my memory that much after all.

Well, this past week was unusual because I actually saw two new releases that were pretty similar, as in both are action comedies targeted to a similar audience. Well, here’s my quick thoughts on one of them…

I gotta say that in when the trailer of this came on w/ the famous Whitney Houston’s song spoofing The Bodyguard movie, I knew I had to see this. I knew it’ll probably be silly but I also couldn’t resist the pairing of Samuel L. Jackson (Kincaid) with post-Deadpool Ryan Reynolds (Bryce). So Reynolds plays the world’s top bodyguard who reluctantly takes a new client, a hit man (Jackson) who must testify at the International Court of Justice. So in the spirit of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and other countless road comedies genre, they must put their differences aside and work together to make it to their destination on time.

Despite the rather simple and yes, unoriginal premise, the movie did make me laugh… a lot. I always prefer Reynolds in comedies anyway and he’s pretty hilarious here against the more gregarious Jackson as they constantly hurl insults at each other. The pair have a good chemistry together and look like they had a blast making this. It’s not exactly a fresh buddy cop flick, but it’s got enough humor and fun action scenes for an entertaining escape at the movies. Salma Hayek though, is quite the scene-stealer as Jackson’s sexy-but-deadly wife Sonia.

The journey from London to Hague is marred with shenanigans as a bunch of cops and bad guys are hot on their trail. I thought director Patrick Hughes is pretty decent in filming the action scenes and car chases all over Europe. I especially enjoyed the Amsterdam car/boat/motorcycle chase that’s slightly reminiscent of a Bond/Bourne flick. Sadly, veteran actors in supporting roles (such as Gary Oldman and Richard E. Grant) are always criminally wasted in a film like this. Boy, Oldman’s been cashing out a lot lately, eh?

Given the R-rating, this film is quite violent and foul mouthed. There’s practically F-bombs in every dialog, which is excessive in my book. The plot is familiar but not completely silly. There is an amusing twist as to what happened to Bryce’s high-flying client, as well some philosophical themes to ponder, as Kincaid asked Bryce who’s more evil “…he who kills evil motherf******, or he who protects them?” Obviously each think one is more righteous than the other. I’d say this movie is still pretty fun to watch despite the usual clichés and inherent silliness, but not exactly one to rush to the theater to see.

Have you seen Hitman’s Bodyguard? Well, what did you think?

15 thoughts on “FlixChatter Review: Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

    1. This is normally not my kind of movie but the two leads do have a pretty hilarious chemistry together. But hey, comedy is subjective, I for one usually don’t go for something this foul-mouthed.

  1. As you know Ruth, I don’t live in the U.S, so I’m jealous of those who witnessed the solar eclipse. I did check it out online, it isn’t quite the same though.

    I just googled Samuel L. Jackson and he is 68! Looks a lot younger!

    1. Hey Chris! Wow I didn’t realize SLF is almost 70, yes he still looks pretty darn good! I hope you enjoy this one when it’s out in Denmark.

      1. I actually saw it last night and had a blast with it. I haven’t laughed that much at a movie in a while and it delivered all the goods in this kind of movie. Action, laughs and tons of f-bombs, just like the old school action films of the 80s and 90s.

    1. Hi Shivani, it’s funny popcorn flick. It helps your enjoyment more if you like the cast… and fun car chases. Somehow the spoof of Bodyguard movie just made me giggle, esp in that trailer w/ Whitney Huston’s song!

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