The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. Quick Review

Sometimes viewers question why a sequel even exists. This follows up to 2017 The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a perfect example. The original film coasted by on lazy chemistry. Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson were simply playing versions of their existing media personas. More importantly, the film just wasn’t very good. That said it made enough money to be considered successful. Off the back of that, we now have a sequel expanding Salma Hayeks role and adding Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman. Does the sequel offer anything you couldn’t get by just rewatching the mediocre original?
NO. The new film starts pretty atrociously. Aggressively shouty with the same choppy action sequences the hampered the original. Not to mention a script that feels like it was written by a 13-year-old edge lord. Once the main trio come together and the main plot gets going in earnest things improve significantly. For better ( but mostly worse) it’s the same film over again. Watching Banderas going full Puss in Boots for his line delivery as the villain is kind of fun. Morgan Freeman is always watchable even when phoning it in. That said action junkies deserve so much better than this. Especially when its direct competition in reopened UK cinemas is the excellent Nobody ( which this writer should get around to reviewing.) .) This author would say that fans of the first film will enjoy the sequel. That said the first film was so unmemorable it’s hard to believe it even has fans. Being generous the final comedic beat did make this reviewer laugh. There’s still very little reason for viewers to invest the time in a sequel no one asked for.
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is the dictionary definition of a boring made for profit sequel to a film that wasn’t that good in the first place. Fans of the first film might get something out of it. To give little credit things do improve after an excruciating opening. This is not a major compliment. The film moves from supremely irritating to boring. Pointless sequels like this can only be dissuaded from existing if viewers rightfully leave them alone. In the creative industries, nothing is ever guaranteed. This writer could be sitting here jotting down a review for the third film In 2-3 years.
4/10.

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