The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson are two of the modern film industry’s most vibrant and popular actors. The Hitman’s Bodyguard was destined to succeed. It had A-List talent, an interesting premise, had little box-office competition and was coming out at a time where the film world was crying out for a great comedy. Unfortunately, The Hitman’s Bodyguard sucked, and failed miserably to take advantage of its many advantages.
Ryan Reynolds is a funny dude, but he is becoming one of those actors who plays the same character in every movie after it worked in that one other movie. Reynolds needs to expand his vision, and stop trying to mimic Deadpool. He was quite poor in this movie, he didn’t seem willing to commit to the character and he added very little to the overall scope of the film. Jackson plays similar characters in movies, but he commits to the role. He creates something special about each character he plays. He brought that to this movie. His character, a killing machine with the ability to love, was by far the strongest in the movie.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard relied far too heavily on the back and forth between the two leading actors. This alone is never going to be enough to successfully get you through the entire movie. To be fair, there was some solid dialogues between Jackson and Reynolds. The director seemed to think that this would cover up the faults elsewhere. It wasn’t. Action/comedy movie clichés were ripe throughout the film. There was at least three too many side plots. Salma Hayek was an unnecessary addition. The Reynolds love interest angle was horrendously executed. Gary Oldman was in the movie for absolutely no reason whatsoever. The casting director must have come to the director and said “hey, I’ve gotten a yes from Salma Hayek and Gary Oldman!” Patrick Hughes the director didn’t seem to have the balls to say no I don’t actually have a place for them in the movie, and he just aimlessly threw them in anyway.
I have just spouted out about ten different problems with film, but the biggest problem was that the movie just didn’t know what it wanted to be. The film faltered between trying to be all of and all-out comedy, a ballsy action film, a character driven story, a romance, a political satire movie, a buddy road trip movie or a spoof. There was just no direction to anything that anybody wanted to do with The Hitman’s Bodyguard. The plot itself was just a massive mess, and things really needed to be kept simple. The movie needed to be refined, and unfortunately, the talent wasn’t there behind the scenes to accomplish this.
There is more I could say about this movie failed on almost quite a few levels, but I will leave it here and rate The Hitman’s Bodyguard 3/10.