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The Hitman's Wife’s Bodyguard (2021)

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 - or 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 her and her man, and between all three, and between them and everyone else. It's all gold.

The little bit when Ryan's miming about doing coke and Samuel glances his way while on the phone, then turns around: keep an eye peeled for that bit.

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. So good. 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 main ones.

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, as 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 week points plot-wise 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

I watched this at the cinema too btw! First (but hopefully not last) big screen movie in 2021 for me.

For posterity: 2021's when we had a pandemic and all.

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