The Hitman’s Bodyguard Review

Everyone’s out to get them… If they don’t kill each other first.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek, Elodie Yung, Joaquim de Almeida, Kirsty Mitchell and Richard E. Grant.

A professional hitman has to testify at the trial of the dictator of Belarus. The dictator sends people to kill the hitman before he arrives, but a bodyguard is assigned to him to make sure he arrives at the trial safely.

Positives. Ryan Reynolds has not always had success but after playing the character he was born to play, Deadpool, I was worried that he was going to be retreading similar ground and that he was going to be trying too hard, but he plays the straight character to Samuel L. Jackson’s hilarious character. Samuel L. Jackson is great in this film, not because it is a great performance but because he is hilarious. He provides 90% of the laughs in the film.

Negatives. The story is quite basic and something that we have seen a hundred times and follows a lot of clichés. The premise is interesting but offers nothing particularly new. The focus of the film is on the relationship between Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, if you want that then you will have a good time. You also have to have the right sense of humour to enjoy the film, not every joke landed for me but a lot did, I think you also need to be in an audience of people who have the right sense of humour because you are more likely to have a better time with it.

Stay for the credits to hear Samuel L. Jackson sing a very catchy song, that constantly gets stuck in my head.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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