I wonder if the next wave in film is gonna be bad 90’s and 2000’s style action comedy, like how now we have a lot of late 70’s and 80’s pastiche films.
It's only natural, given the industry's track record. I just hope that we get at least a couple gems out of it. Maybe like a good lampooning of the genre or the best action comedy of all time.
I hope you can see where I'm going with this. The Hitman’s Bodyguard is not a good movie. Well, I mean I didn't like it, but that doesn't mean that you won't. There were definitely people laughing in that theater for sure. It's more accurate to say that it's a rehash. There were no new ideas, no inventive action scenes, and no actually interesting characters. A couple of bits were actually funny, but those were all in the trailer.
The premise is simple. Ryan was a former bodyguard, Jackson is a hitman. A bad guy that Jackson worked for is on trial and the prosecution needs Jackson’s testimony to put him away. Bad guy sends his men to kill Jackson. There's a lot of other stuff in there but it honestly is not that interesting. It could have been, but the writing was too poor to make any of it work.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard had a great trailer. Whitney Houston was used super well, her song underlining how ridiculous this movie could be. The posters were also pretty great, making fun of The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner by having Ryan Reynolds holding Sam Jackson super awkwardly. It was good stuff. And it sold me on the ridiculousness.
However, the insanity of the film only goes so far. It never gets to the heights of something like a Tropic Thunder, The Other Guys, or even 22 Jump Street. There are bunch of great set up moments for a good punchline, and then it just forgets that the ball is even in the air and goes to another game next door and starts setting up another one.
It also has the most uninteresting plot imaginable, filled with cliches and a ton of useless plot threads. This movie is 2 hours long, and it really didn't need to be. A comedy should stay around 90 minutes, and this could've easily been that. Chop off all the stupid shit with Ryan's ex girlfriend, the double agent, and the over extended intro. Give us more time with Ryan and Sam so they could have some good dialogue. That's what people wanna see.
This movie also has motherfucking Gary Oldman, who plays the most cliched Eastern European bad guy dictator, who doesn't do jack but stand around waiting, and then, when the heroes finally show up to the trial, he just goes ahead and uses his men to help him escape, which he could have done at any moment. Why didn't he just do that in the first place. In fact, he had a dude on the inside, who was face to face with Jackson for a while before the movie even started. Why didn't he just kill him then! You know what, forget it.
Honestly, I might be going a little too hard on this movie. There were some good bits, like the scene where Ryan is ranting to a random guy about Jackson as Jackson wreaks havoc in the background, and for the most part, I thought Ryan and Jackson played well off of each other. Some of the action parts were pretty well done too, but those were few and far between. Skip this movie and go watch something like Wind River, or if you want comedy Logan Lucky. I'll have reviews for both out soon, depending on when you read this. I hope this review was of help to you, or at least entertaining, and let me know if you too think that we’re doomed to repeat the past!