Popcorn Addict: The Hitman's Bodyguard
Drinking game for this movie: Take a shot of your overpriced theater Coke every time MF'er is used in this film.
I remember when I first saw the trailer for The Hitman's Bodyguard. Ryan Reynolds. Samuel L. Jackson. Say no more. I don't care about the plot. I'm in!
The film is about a down-on-his-luck bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds) whose company took a hit after one of his client's was assassinated. He blames his estranged ex Amelia (Elodie Yung; Daredevil), a special agent, for the assassination. She now is responsible for transporting world renowned hitman Darius Kincaid (Jackson) to a human rights trial against the movie's Big Bad (played by Gary Oldman). Kincaid doesn't really want to testify, but feels obligated to do so because his wife (Salma Hayek) will be exonerated and released from prison if he does. Obviously, Amelia needs to reconnect with Michael for help, and it is revealed he and Kincaid are arch nemeses. Let the hilarity ensue!
As expected the banter between Jackson and Reynolds is perfect. Like I said for seeing the trailer, the pairing of these two guaranteed success. The jokes (probably mostly improved) are non-stop and our audience could barely catch their breaths between bits. Warning: Though funny, this movie is not for kids given the language (It's Sam Jackson--F bombs fall like raindrops in a thunderstorm). Actresses Salma Hayek and Elodie Yung play Reynolds' and Jackson's onscreen wives are secondary, but flex their comedic chops in some of the movies funniest scenes.
The plot is seems like an afterthought. Let's be real--Everyone is seeing this film to see Reynolds and Jackson. It's almost a wannabe buddy cop film with a spy/bodyguard backdrop. However, the viewer is so immersed in the comedy, they're likely not paying attention to the plot line.
Overall, The Hitman's Bodyguard lived up to its expectations. Two of the best comedic actors in one action film. I don't really want a sequel, but would love to see these two paired again (see Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell).