Did you like “Spy” (2015) and “London Has Fallen” (2016)? Then Patrick Hughes’ directorial “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”is a terrific combination of the two. It’s a bang on action comedy with perfectly blended ingredients making it a lip-smacking dish. And then there is Samuel L Jackson as Hitman and Ryan Reynolds as his bodyguard, what do you want more?
The world’s top most bodyguard Michael (Ryan Reynolds) gets a new client Darius Kincaid (Samuel L Jackson), a hitman who has to testify at the International Criminal Court- they must put their differences aside and make it to the trial on time. First of all, there is a lot of bloodshed and violence, some is unnecessary. The director manages blend the emotions and actions, after a comical sequence the film swipes into an emotionally comical one at ease. The Screenplay is tight though a combination of many action comedies and thrillers we have seen before. But what makes this film special or good?
It’s the comical banter between Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson, their tussle and their combination is terrific. In one scene, as they are driving on the highway Samuel starts singing as he is drunk and eventually starts explaining the meaning of “plethora” randomly. Basically, the film is a plethora of blood and comedy. “A woman with beauty and violence” terms Samuel’s character exclaiming about his wife played by the dashing Salma Hayek. She brings a lot of comic relief especially in the interrogation scene, but a small role. She is a prisoner, who has a quirky lawyer whose wife hides their child’s toys in her butt and she is a prisoner, who rags her fellow inmate too. So it’s a beautiful cliched film with violence.
With the comic relief, the high-octane interesting action sequences are worth. There are many and they don’t get repetitive or bore. The land and water chase sequence is hilarious- much classy sequences. In the beginning, we tend to keep an eye on the constantly changing location where I lost it, but nevertheless it’s about the destination. There are obvious flaws, potholes and loopholes but it does get pass by. And hey, they don’t give a fuck about it. The make-believe world created, the quirky and highly interesting characters and dialogues totally made me buy the vision.
Ryan Reynolds is charming while Samuel L Jackson steals the show while Gary Oldman is underutilized. A human issue is slowly slipped into the action comedy film; the best thing about it is that they don’t brag about it the whole time. Hollywood always has/had its Good vs. Bad in form of Grey; here also the line of evilness is blurred. Is the hitman who assassinates people is bad or the bodyguard who protects the hitman from assassinations is bad? The film has its own world and the dialogues make the world lovely and kickass. The hilariously subtle comical dialogues just tickle your stomach as well as kick your balls.
A character in the film says, “This guy single-handedly ruined the word Motherfucker.” Central Board of Certification, India just ruined the fun by censoring many slangs and words. Fuck you! It may be so that the Preview Show was delayed by 30 minutes which killed the half of excitement. Eventually, the film summed it up for me. Totally!
Basically, this film is like a starter…umm say- “Chicken Crispy”; it is a dish to savour for that specific moment. Once, it is gone, and then it’s gone. Moments within the 120 minutes dish are lip-smacking and savoring.
Release: 24 August, 2017 [India]
Director: Patrick Hughes
Copyright ©2017 Ninad Kulkarni. This article may not be reproduced in its entirety without permission. A link to this URL, instead, would be appreciated.