The Hitman's Wife’s Bodyguard (2021)
The bodyguard Michael Bryce continues his friendship with assassin Darius Kincaid as they try to save Darius' wife Sonia.
Do they really call this a friendship though?! The level of suffering that Ryan Reynolds continually goes through, the amount of blunt trauma he withstands - at times seemingly turned into a human rag doll, the way he turns this pain and agony into a comedic element... it's pretty crazy.
I don't remember the first one being all as catastrophic on his behalf, but maybe it was. It definitely makes for an unconventional main character duo at least - or here more so trio - and gives you a strange blend of both feeling his pain and helplessly laughing at it. Just like Kincaid does. But it's not with ill intent on my part. That's just his character.
And Salma Hayek as Sonia is maybe the wildest Salma Hayek I've ever seen! I love it. I love the mimicry. Both between her and him and between her and her man, and between all three of them, and between them and everyone else. It's all a steady stream of mad but radiating molten gold.
The little bit when Ryan's miming about doing coke and Samuel glances his way whilst on the phone: keep an eye peeled for that bit. XD
There's a subtle Aviation Gin product placement bit there too. If you follow Ryan on Youtube you'll probably enjoy it, short though it may be.
And the dream sequences were so good too. So well abridged to the in-movie reality.
Antonio Banderas is there too, and he's great, but somehow his character pales in comparison to the main ones. Though maybe that's intended.
The story may be a little weak (it's a kidnapping, there's a reign of terror potentially impending, stuff like that), but the character relations and interactions are where this shines, and with the all-out action and refreshingly unsheathed gore and violence, and did I mention Morgan Freeman's in it too? Shan't spoil his role!
It's a blast all the way, and I hope for endless sequels. It may have weak points plot-wise and I wish they treated Ryan just a little better than they do, but the filming's masterful; the interactions are masterful.
If you're looking for action comedy with a bit less censor: have at this.
rated 4.5/5: almost awesome