Director: Patrick Hughes
Writers: Tom O’Connor, Brandon Murphy
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson, Selma Hayek
Genre: Action, Comedy
Runtime: 99 Minutes
RATING: 2 Stars
The world’s most lethal odd couple – bodyguard Michael Bryce and hitman Darius Kincaid – are back on another life-threatening mission. Still unlicensed and under scrutiny, Bryce is forced into action by Darius’s even more volatile wife, the infamous international con artist Sonia Kincaid. As Bryce is driven over the edge by his two most dangerous protectees, the trio get in over their heads in a global plot and soon find that they are all that stand between Europe and a vengeful and powerful madman. Written by Lionsgate
There is such a thing as ‘Too Much of a Good Thing’ and this movie is the proof of that. The first film was funny and something a little outside the box, with Reynolds’ and Jackson’s on screen banter and shenanigans being just crazy enough to be funny, but not tipping it too far over the edge. This time around though, they are trying to one up themselves with crazier antics, more outrageous insults, and a higher stakes storyline. And all these aspects jumbled up together just make for a bit of a chaotic time.
Adding Selma Hayek into the mix as well just amped things up a little more. Everyone is yelling obscenities at each other seventy percent of the time, the action and fight sequences move so fast that you can’t really tell what is going on and who is hitting who and after about an hour the repetitiveness of the humour gets a little old. Reynolds and Jackson do still have that great onscreen relationship that they had in the first film, I just think this one takes it a step too far. Had they dialled it back a bit, it could have been comedic gold.
The cast for this film is phenomenal, so it hurts that this film is so underwhelming for me. Even the big hitters like Morgan Freeman can’t pull this one up. The actual doomsday plotline that they are trying to stop, is kind of dull and Antonio Banderas never really sells the megalomaniacal villain well enough for it to really feel like anyone is really at risk. So you would hop that they would make up for lack of plot with plenty of comedy and laughs, but I found a lot of the comedy to be cheap laughs, and while it did elicit a chuckle or two from the crowd in my screening, it wasn’t a laugh out loud kinda movie for me.
If you want to check this out for yourself, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, is out in UK cinemas on the 14th June 2021