Weekly Review: The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

In order to get back in good standing with his peers, a professional bodyguard takes on a new job. He’s in for a surprise when he finds that he’s protecting his mortal enemy, a professional hitman.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard is directed by Patrick Hughs (The Expendables 3). It stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson as the leading duo, and their respective personas, when together, are probably the best part of the movie. There will be more on that later though.

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In addition to Reynolds and Jackson, The Hitman’s Bodyguard also features roles played by Salma Hayek (Frida), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight), Élodie Yung (Daredevil, The Defenders), and Joaquim de Almeida (Clear and Present Danger, Desperado). It’s a pretty solid cast.

When it comes to plot, I was definitely expecting something more. I don’t know why I was expecting this, but I was. The Hitman’s Bodyguard is simple. It comes together like any buddy comedy would. In that way, it can be predictable. This doesn’t mean it isn’t enjoyable. It’s a fun watch, for sure.

The lighting and backgrounds throughout the movie are pretty odd. I noticed it while watching, and I found it to be pretty distracting. I watched some of the special features, and this answered any questions I had as to why it was so distracting to me. Most of the backgrounds were green screen. The lighting that was required to light this green screen appropriately made the surrounding area look a little odd. There may have been some additional stylistic choice that went in to make additional blooming effect. I don’t know the specifics of that, but if it was odd to me, it may be odd to other viewers.

I didn’t find much issue with the action sequences. They weren’t super memorable to me, but they were passable. This is the first time in a long time I’ve heard “Black Betty” used in a chase scene, so that was a nice nostalgia kick. Overall, a lot of the elements of The Hitman’s Bodyguard verge into the area of super ridiculous. It’s not to be taken seriously. Just try to have fun with it.

I’ve mentioned previously that the chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson is the best part of this movie, and I firmly believe that. The best part of it all is really just seeing them constantly bicker with each other. They are both portraying their larger than life persona’s here, Reynolds the wise cracking, smart ass bodyguard and Jackson the vulgar, no nonsense hitman. I really enjoyed seeing them together in this. Their chemistry helped to take The Hitman’s Bodyguard a step up for me.

Overall, I probably wouldn’t recommend that people rush out to get a copy of The Hitman’s Bodyguard and watch it right this instant. It isn’t that great in the broad scheme of things. I thought the plot was pretty forgettable. It doesn’t do anything too drastic or different.

If you are to stumble upon it somehow though, I’d say give it a watch, especially if you’re a fan of Ryan Reynolds and/or Samuel L. Jackson. If you’re a fan of either of them, then you’ll enjoy this movie for what it is, a silly buddy comedy.

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