I love Ryan Reynolds films. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen almost all of them. I’ve seen what I think is his first role as a high school footballer that gets killed within the first scene of an X-Files episode. I’ve seen his Canadian heist film called Foolproof where the titular word “foolproof” is said approximately a thousand times before the credits roll. Buying The Cow where he’s mistaken for a child rapist Spider-Man all the way to Deadpool, I’ve seen them all. I don’t take RR fandom lightly and can immediately counter how bad a Green Lantern was with his boxed performance in Buried. Green Lantern wasn’t his fault and I defend that view to this day.
As soon as I saw the preview for “Hitman’s Bodyguard”, I was sold. An action comedy with RR and Samuel L. Jackson is going to be right up my alley. I expected a mildly generic buddy comedy and was pleasantly surprised by the quick and cutting dialogue. The action was good. There was obviously gunplay, explosions, and I didn’t know my life was missing RR being flung out of a Ford windshield until this movie pointed it out. It was all fun, but the line delivery between the two main stars was golden. I’d be remiss if I didn’t give credit to Selma Hayek as well because her portrayal as the scorned wife of Sam Jackson was aces. I guess if I had to nitpick, I’d wonder why Gary Oldman was the European dictator bad guy. He was okay, but I think a better casting could have happened. Regardless, he didn’t detract.
A brief summary is that a European dictator has been overthrown and is being tried for war crimes. The star witness needs to get to The Hague to give testimony and a protection agent is given the task of getting the witness there alive. I think that’s a simple way to describe it without giving away any of the excitement. I obviously have a sweet spot for Ryan Reynolds films and this one isn’t any different. The excitement doesn’t let up and for a generic action buddy comedy, I’m glad I spent my money on a ticket to Hitman’s Bodyguard.
One final note about my viewing - I saw the film in a sneak preview capacity. I don't know why I don't go to more of these things. It could do wonders for the reviews on this site. Like a "surprise sneak preview review coming up!" thing could be great! Maybe more in the future. Anyways, I’m unsure if the final film will get the sound quality in order, but my viewing saw the music and sound effects to be far louder than anything else in the film. It was awful, quite frankly. Hopefully that issue solved by the release of the film.