I was worried going into The Hitman’s Bodyguard yesterday. On my YouTube channel I have made it clear over the past year and a half how bad I think most modern movies are. This year I found John Wick 2 to be insufferable trash, and walked out halfway through Guardians of the Galaxy 2. In both cases the directors seemed to believe the point of a movie is special effects and showing off toys. Character development and a reason to care about anything on the screen was left on the cutting room floor.
My one hope for this movie was Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. From the trailers the movie basically seemed like a cash grab for Deadpool hype, and I was fine with that. Thankfully the movie delivered. It was pure Deadpool 1.5, or possibly a Deadpool Prequel?
Ryan Reynolds plays Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson plays Samuel L. Jackson, and Salma Hayek shows a side I was surprised to see work. They take the characters, give them just enough a plot to tie 2 hours together, and then let the action fly. It’s a fun, popcorn, for the love of the spaghetti monster don’t think about the moral implications for 2 hours, movie.
I was happy with it basically beginning to end. The last 10 minutes drags on a bit, but that wasn’t too bad. This movie does what too many movies have forgotten to do lately. It focused on the characters and then the plot was simply window dressing.
Some reviewers complain that it’s a forgettable movie, and frankly they are probably right. Personally I prefer enjoying myself for 2 hours with a forgettable movie that I’ll be happy to watch on the airplane again vs. the tedious schlock that’s being put out that I’ll remember for years to come because it was such a chore to get through.
If you liked Deadpool, the first John Wick, and the Expendables go see this movie. If not there’s nothing about the movie that makes it better on the big screen vs. renting if off of iTunes in a few months.