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The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) - Movie Review

The Hitman's Bodyguard stars Nick Fury and Deadpo-I mean Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds in a buddy action-comedy where Reynolds is a professional bodyguard who gets tangled up with a hitman portrayed by Jackson. 

What worked for me in this movie were the scenes with Reynolds and Jackson together. Their performances were what you'd expect them to give in a movie like this. Not breaking new grounds or anything like that but being their usual comedic personas, and they both were entertaining....well for the most part anyway. They had a nice chemistry, and they worked off each other well. And most of the action scenes were enjoyable, one in particular, which was a long take including Reynolds.

The problem with The Hitman's Bodyguard, though, was that it had a lot of other stuff going on as well which just wasn't interesting enough for me to care because not only did it detract from the fun of the main duo, the movie took it way too seriously. It was actually jarring at times, the switch back and forth between comedic and the serious tones. The dictator stuff with Gary Oldman was boring as hell, and he was completely wasted. I didn't care about the romances either, although Sam Jackson one was a bit better with some laughs. The humor also didn't land properly sometimes, even with the duo. Some of the one-liners felt too cheesy. And a lot of cringe came from Salma Hayek's character. I've seen people saying she was awesome and was fun and whatnot, I dunno, I cringed hard at those scenes with her in the jail where she cursed like crazy. 

All in all, I was actually expecting to enjoy this more than I did, so I'm a bit disappointed. It was an OK watch at best overall. If you like the leads, give it a try. Might enjoy it more than me.



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