hitman's bodyguardLionsgate
2017
R

“You’ve got a speck of blood on your…everywhere.”

Action comedies. They’re a think, I’m told. I’ve even seen a few here and there, even going so far as enjoying a handful. And the beauty of watching action comedy movies nowadays, you have the option of not having to pay monies to watch it in the theater. Nope, wait a month or so, and you can just stream a rental for half that price. Which is to say, I watched The Hitman’s Bodyguard.

On the outset, The Hitman’s Bodyguard seemed like the perfect weekend popcorn flick. Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson in a buddy road trip movie? Sounds like a license to print money, there. And yet, I waited until it was available as a rental to watch. So then, what did I think of the movie?

Eh, it’s all right.

So, Ryan Reynolds plays a bodyguard employed by a European-based protection agency. After a high-level client dies under his watch, he’s been stuck doing low-level protection gigs in London. Meanwhile, a notorious hitman is being brought in to testify against a ruthless dictator at the International Criminal Court, bu the convoy is ambushed, and everyone except the hitman and the bodyguard’s ex-girlfriend Interpol agent are killed. Figuring there may be a mole in the mix, she rings up her ex to try and convince him to protect the hitman and get him to the courthouse in time to testify. Of course, the hitman and the bodyguard’s respective personalities clash, something that doesn’t help the situations where they’re either getting shot at and bombed, or when the hitman tries to escape his reluctant chaperone. Your standard road trip action tropes ensue, ending in your standard way.

Yeah, I would say the best thing about The Hitman’s Bodyguard is Samuel L. Jackson. That’s par for the course. You put Samuel L. Jackson in any movie, and we’re hard pressed to think of anybody else being the best part of said movie. And while I have nothing but massive respect for Ryan Reynolds’ brand of snarky dry sarcasm, he’s definitely outshined by Jackson’s portrayal of a hitman you can’t help but root for. Especially when he finally goes through his back story. As a matter of fact, Reynolds is probably the third memorable thing about this movie; ___ as Jackson’s rather feisty wife steals the show as well, I have to say. I want to see a movie about her and Jackson’s characters, actually. But, that’s probably not going to happen, so on with finishing things up here.

Overall, The Hitman’s Bodyguard was far more entertaining than I thought it would be, albeit just as formulaic as I expected. Jackson is fantastic, Reynolds’s character worked best when verbally sparring with his ex, and…well, things go boom and there is a pretty good boat and motorcycle chase that was rather entertaining to watch. Beyond that, The Hitman’s Bodyguard is more of a rental than something to own outright.

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