Classics: The Bodyguard (1992) A Review

It’s hard to believe I got to the ripe old age of thirty, and have never seen even a snippet of the bodyguard. I knew there was music and drama, and that was about it.


DIRECTOR:  Mick Jackson

STARRING:  Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston, and Gary Kemp

SCREENPLAY:  Lawrence Kasdan

GENRE:  Drama, Music, Romance

RUNTIME:  129 minutes

★★★ 3 Stars 

Reviewed by Pearl

There was no way in a thousand years that I thought this was how this film was going to play out.  I was all prepared to write here about how predictable it was and how it was just a dull romance story blah blah blah.  But having managed to get this far with out actually hearing any spoilers for the film, I had no idea just how tense and creepy parts of this film would be. Especially the last half an hour or so.

For anyone who doesn’t already know, Kevin Costner plays Frank Farmer, a straight laced Bodyguard for hire, who is paid to protect Rachael Marron, played by Whitney Houston, after she receives a series of death threats.  This is first and foremost a romance story, so of course the two have a rocky relationship that blossoms into a love affair. But with her life on the line, Frank isn’t willing to become emotionally involved if it means she will be put in more danger.  As Rachael prepares to receive her first Oscar Award, Frank will stop at nothing to prevent a plot to murder Rachael in front of a live audience.

I don’t know what it is about Kevin Costner, but I am sure he only has about five facial expressions and throughout this film only uses about three of them.  For most of the time on screen he has just a blank expression on his face, I know his character is meant to be trying to avoid emotional attachment, but this seems to be taking it a bit too far.  Whitney Houston on the other hand is as exuberant on screen as she ever was on stage, bringing the larger then life character of Rachael to life in the best way. Her acting is on point and at no point was I thinking that this singer had no place in a Hollywood film.  She fit in just fine.

The plot was a lot more complex then I was expecting from the synopsis.  A lot of good twists and turns and some shocking moments that I did not see coming. I did kind of work out who the shooter was in the end, but that didn’t ruin the end of the film for me in any way. The climactic scenes at the award ceremony were so tense and nail biting.  I was not expecting to see such good writing and scene setting in a film that I have heard is one of the best romantic films in modern years. 

A big surprise for me and I am glad to say that I loved this film a lot.  It didn’t quite make me into a Kevin Costner fan, but this is a film I would watch again in a heartbeat.

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