Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Review
Writers/Directors: Patrick Hughes
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas & Morgan Freeman
Reviewed By: Dean Asquith
My Rating: 4 out of 5 🏹
The world’s most lethal odd couple – bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) and hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) – are back on another life-threatening mission. Still unlicensed and under scrutiny, Bryce is forced into action by Darius’s even more volatile wife, the infamous international con artist Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek). As Bryce is driven over the edge by his two most dangerous protectees, the trio get in over their heads in a global plot and soon find that they are all that stand between Europe and a vengeful and powerful madman (Antonio Banderas). Joining in the fun and deadly mayhem is Morgan Freeman as… well, you’ll have to see.
Immensely fun, mindless action of the highest quality!
The original movie was a fantastic piece of action escapism and the sequel takes that base and creates a more story driven entry into what could easily develop into a number of further movies.
You can never really take these kinds of movies seriously, they are always filled with humongous explosions, fantastical ways of being killed and ridiculous fight scenes. That is where the charm of Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard lies…In its excellent slapstick humour, its sarcastic remarks that Ryan Reynolds is renowned for and it’s unfathomable evil plans and remarkable levels of destruction.
The chemistry between Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson and Salma Hayek is one of the standout features of this movie. It’s clear to see that the three of them had an absolute ball making this movie as the movie is seamlessly acted. Ryan hits the comedic mark time and time again as he always does. Samuel is just effortless, as you would expect from one of the greatest actors of our time. Salma plays the slightly psychotic, murderous and powerful titular wife expertly.
I tried to keep an eye out for issues with the movie, which I really struggled with. There are a couple of moments of continuity errors like Darius not having blood on his face that when the camera is cut back to him, there's a stream of blood coming out of his nose. The other being Salma, for story purposes, removes her top and Ryan asks where it is, in the next scene her top has materialised once again. These are very little issues that have no bearing on enjoyment of the movie but I believe these should have been picked up by the editing team.
There are so many fantastic moments but my favourite aspect is the way in which the entire story is linked up between scenes. There are a number of underlying sub stories that affect each character and each of them blend seamlessly into the main storyline. The final scene is even linked back to moments throughout the movie, by the way, watch out for that scene, I absolutely howled with laughter, it was the perfect way to end what was an absolute joy ride of a film.
Remember, this is never going to be an Oscar winning movie but that’s not what it’s about, it's here to entertain you and whisk you away to a place where you aren’t thinking about problems, you are just having fun. If you are a fan of the original movie then in all probability you will adore this movie even more. It is a triumph in the field of mindless comedic action movies and one that I’ll probably go back to watch again soon!