Review: 'The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard' an Action Comedy with Flourish and Romance

by Noe Kamelamela

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday July 23, 2021

Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds in 'The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard'
Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds in 'The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard'  (Source:David Appleby/Lionsgate)

You don't have to watch "The Hitman's Bodyguard" in order to enjoy the sequel, "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard."

The original action comedy is viewable on cable regularly, and also available on streaming for much less than the cost of a current movie ticket. I had to ask myself, is this the kind of movie I'm willing to risk my life to see? Ultimately, I did, but I live in a state where vaccination is widespread and I have been able to see the numbers in my fairly large workplace drop to absolute zero for positive coronavirus cases.

Leave the children at home for this wide release since there are a lot of sexual references and activities, as well as the kind of trigger-happy mayhem that makes "Deadpool," that other Ryan Reynolds series, seem almost quaint by comparison. If you're looking for a plot that is less loopy than an Avengers situation, that other Samuel L. Jackson vehicle, you'll be fresh out of luck, but you might still enjoy the ride. Don't worry if you're tired of the odd couple schtick in the original, because murderous, manic pixie dream girl Salma Hayek rounds the main cast into a dynamic nuclear trio that has staying power beyond that of the average threesome.

However, if you're worried that this is a four-hour situation: No, this movie was made by movie professionals, so it doesn't run even two hours. Scenarios of hilarious overshare compete (sometimes in the same shot) with very funny stunt timing complete with bullet time special effects. Despite the mixing and matching of tones, the fairly dry humor works to keep the pacing up nearly to the end. The fight choreography is zippy with occasional surprises, and the dialogue is just enough to connect one scene to the next, except in the case of the three leads, who take telenovela-type dialogue and raise it to the Italian (and, in some shots, not so Italian) sky.

"The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard" is available today on Digital.

Noe Kamelamela is a reader who reads everything and a writer who writes very little.