THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD
ON DIGITAL, DVD, BLU-RAY AND 4K UHD 6 SEPTEMBER 2021
Director: Patrick Hughes
Written by: Tom O'Connor, Brandon Murphy, Phillip Murphy
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman.
Released on Digital, DVD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD: 6th September
Run time: 96 mins approx.
We've all just gone through 18 months of hell. Lockdowns and limitations. What we need is a good laugh. Not to be unsensitive to those that have suffered from illness or those that have lost people... but, to an extent, laughter can heal us. It can make us feel better and less stressed, even if just for 90 or so minutes. So we could all use a good comedy movie.
The film opens with Ryan Reynolds’ character Michael Bryce (AAA rated contract killer) discussing his problems over being a bodyguard with his therapist, who is clearly irritated by him and doesn’t really want treat him... Will he find his inner peace? Ha!
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.
Ryan Reynolds... from his early films like Blade 3, you could see he was going to be a huge star, especially in comedies. Sure he's ripped, he's muscular, but his best muscle is his funny bone. Well, that really doesn't work as a play on words exactly... but you get what I'm trying to say... This is a guy that was married to Scarlet Johanson he's a super attractive guy... but he's also really funny. His comic timing is just perfect. There's no one better right now in Hollywood. Actually Mark Wahlberg is close. Yeah the guy from a pop boy band became one of the best comic actors of his generation... crazy. But when Reynolds tells Jackson that he can hear what he is saying about him, because has 20:20 hearing and that even the dead guys can hear him... I burst out laughing. And that wasn't the only occasion.
Reynolds was flawless in Deadpool. His comedic instincts and ability to deliver lines deadpan and his ability to go off script and ad lib is something to behold. And he shows all of the same instincts and abilities here. His calm look whilst reading a book with earphones on whilst mayhem goes on around him, just as Salma Hayek enters the fray is hilarious. And the look he gives to a group of nuns is perfect.
Salma Hayek is always worth watching, she's a talented actress and she doesn't disappoint here. She is a hard as nails, foul-mouthed gun-totting character here and it... Is... glorious! Although I think her best performance ever might have been in Kevin Smith's Dogma (!)
Sam Jackson is the hardest working actor in Hollywood and I think he may still hold the current record for most film credits. What a guy! He's funny, he's a great actor and he has incredible range from comedy like this to more thoughtful movies and tougher physical performances such as in Unbreakable and Glass. He works really well with Ryan Reynolds. Their chemistry is excellent... "she's driving like a crash test dummy." Ha ha ha.
Recommended comedy viewing. There are too few comedies these days. And of those that we do have, too few are actually funny. The only times that the film does lag at all in fact is when Reynolds is off screen. But this is my kind of comedy, it's got a great cast and script and the humour is dark and delicious.
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