Synopsis: The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021) brings Ryan Reynolds back together with Samuel L Jackson, as Michael Bryce and Darius Kincaid. Furthermore, Salma Hayek also features too, much more heavily time around, playing Sonia Kincaid, Darius’s wife
Mostly, the action takes place following a generic plot device. But that doesn’t take anything away from The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. In fact, it helps make it what it is. For example, the events involve an evil plan to cripple western civilization, via a computer virus. So, nothing we’ve not seen before on SciFiPulse. However, when you throw Antonio Banderas into the mix, as the “big bad”, it’s clear that this movie is very much about the characters and their relationships with one another. That makes for some real fun . . .
The fact that you know that “the goodies” will succeed doesn’t matter one bit. What happens along the way provides more than enough high octane entertainment. It wasn’t going to be easy to recapture the brilliant “buddy” vibe of the first film, The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017). But they did manage to do so, fortunately. Consequently, the results ensure that the story is almost secondary.
Salma Hayek had the hardest job in this movie, arguably. She could have negatively impacted the dynamic between Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson. Ultimately though, she added to things, and her comedy acting deserves some massive praise.
When you want a good villain, you need a serious presence, Cue Antonio Banderas, who effortlessly provides trademark charisma.
Action & Stunts
There’s a heavy body count in this film and some truly explosive sequences. The choreography is well managed, and in particular, the shootouts have the all-important element of not really being feasible. That helps maintain the wonderful ridiculousness of the film
If you’re not entertained by The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021) then perhaps something has died inside you – your sense of fun! Even if the genre isn’t for you, the brilliant, deliberately over-egged performances by a stellar cast provide plenty of belly laughs. It’s hard not to love these characters, which absolutely make the film. The fun that must have been had making this movie is evident and really comes through. The well-chosen songs also help to make for some hilarious scenes. A highly recommended super-fun caper.
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021) is in cinemas now
- Action & Stunts9.5
- Incidental Music8.7