The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

When Belarusian President, Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman), is brought to trial for crimes against humanity, potential witnesses against him start dying like flies. The last chance to stop the monster going free is cutting a deal with captured hitman, Darius Kincaid (Samuel L Jackson). But getting him to court will be no easy feat – so enter top bodyguard, Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds), with an almost perfect record of guarding not-so-nice people. Almost 😉

I was completely surprised to read some absolutely scathing reviews of this, having walked out of the cinema feeling thoroughly entertained. I’m a big fan of both the leads, and given that they’re both playing their usual characters that’s probably a good thing! Is the movie amazing art? No. Is it something fresh and exciting? Nope. But it *is* a lot of fun, with plenty of action and laughs along the way.

Some of the complaints against this have suggested the action sequences are over long, and that’s possibly true from certain viewpoints. Certainly, one boat scene goes on long enough to make the lack of people getting shot seem beyond ridiculous.

Another criticism is about the chemistry between the leads – I didn’t feel this was a problem at all. There’s not exactly fireworks, but rather a more subtle approach in the relationship going from hatred towards better understanding. And while RR’s romance subplot bored me somewhat, the addition of Selma Hayek as Darius’s foul mouthed, psychotically violent wife was a high point.

So why the hate? Well, it seems like audiences are enjoying the movie, and it’s the critics turning their noses up. I do have to say, when one respected (by me, too) movie magazine talks about the action going from the UK, to Italy, to the Netherlands, I do have to question (a) how much attention the reviewer paid in watching the movie (there is a bus load of Italian nuns, yes, but the journey with them starts and ends in the UK), and (b) what their sense of geography is o_O Is it perhaps just disappointingly not Deadpool? Well, no, it’s not. But nor is it anywhere near the kind of stinker RIPD was.

Last word: nowhere near perfect, but it was fun. Suck it! 😉

Released: 17th August 2017
Viewed: 18th August 2017
Running time: 118 minutes
Rated: 15

My rating: 7/10

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