The Hitman’s Bodyguard was very much a mixed bag for me. There were times when it was laugh out loud funny and then there were times when it seemed to drag on for eternity. However, the big laughs do make up for the somewhat bloated journey.
The best parts of the film are the two leads, Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. They have great chemistry and I thoroughly loved seeing the pair bicker over and over again. You could make the argument that the two are just playing themselves, and you would be absolutely right. To be perfectly honest with you though, that’s what these two are good at and it’s what people love seeing them do.
At times the film actually seems to work better as a drama rather than a comedy. It gets given a very serious treatment at times and doesn’t force in a joke at the end just for the sake of it.
The action is decent with a number of cool set pieces which are made even better with Sam Jackson right in the middle of them. I appreciate that the film took the non PG-13 option when it came to the violence. Giving the film a 15 rating allowed for more bloody and brutal action.
In terms of what I didn’t like, the plot tries to be more than what the film needs it to be. The main plot line is fine, the romantic angles are fine, it’s the plot lines coming out of the antagonist. There’s a whole corruption angle which is pointless and just wastes time as well as the constant courtroom scenes to remind us that time is running out. Now while I love Salma Hayek, I absolutely hated her character in this. What she was given to work with did not suit her in the slightest and it wasn’t funny in any way.
Despite these issues though, I enjoyed The Hitman’s Bodyguard, it gave me enough laughs and decent action along with solid performances from it leads. It’s negatives do show and weigh it down but overall, the film offers up enough fun to get it a 7/10.