Movie review: Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard
'Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard' is fun mindless entertainment.
By Sal LoCicero | July 1st, 2021
Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson are back for another chaotic adventure, joined with Salma Hayek, to prevent a powerful madman Aristotle Papdopolous (Antonio Banderas) from destroying Europe. From the very start, you already have an idea as to what you’re getting into with this movie.
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard doesn’t take itself seriously at all, which helps. It understands exactly what it wants and needs to be. It’s funny, utterly profane, bloody, crazy, and extremely fun. There are a lot of Deadpool vibes throughout this feature. Ryan Reynolds’s unique charm is what adds to the comedy, and it works brilliantly. Anytime he is on screen, no matter if he’s taking a bullet for someone, getting thrown out of a car window, losing his shit or just being his plain self, it just keeps adding to the hilariousness.
Samuel L. Jackson is still profane as usual, but Salma Hayek is a great addition. Her character is the most insane yet hysterical part of this sequel. The scenes with her and Reynolds are so entertaining and both of their chemistry is just as good as Reynolds and Jackson. That is what the filmmakers understand. They know that the plot is generic, but having all three of these actors together in one movie can turn a useless action comedy into a fun summer flick.
The action sequences add to the humor too. Although it's very bloody, adding humor into the sequences work successfully. How it’s mixed together makes it seem like one can’t continue without the other. As stated before, this is very much a Deadpool movie - without Deadpool. It has all the vibes, the humor, and the violence. The only minor difference is that Deadpool included some dramatic themes that are nowhere present in Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.
As you already know, this is far from a perfect movie. This isn’t the next best action or comedy movie. As a B-movie, this is great. The issue with ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ (2017) is that it depended on Reynolds and Jackson’s chemistry. It had an interesting storyline - albeit a bit ludacris. But, there was barely any humor, and the writing was atrocious.
This time, the writer learned from the previous movie and decided to make fun of it all. Just make something funny yet stupid without trying to cram in a dramatic storyline that no one cares about. These are the types of movies, where audiences do not want a perfect storyline, all they want is entertainment.
If you liked the first movie, you’ll enjoy this one too. If you need a fun night out at the movies, this is for you. Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is nothing other than a fun mindless time at the movies.
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