Kyle Says THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD Is The Funniest Film Of 2017….So Far

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FILM REVIEW: THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD

BY KYLE ARANGO

 

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is directed by Patrick Hughes and stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Gary Oldman, and Elodie Yung. The film is about a dictator, played by Gary Oldman, under trial who is killing all witnesses to his crimes. The last witness is a hitman played by Samuel L. Jackson, who is trying to survive and a bodyguard is hired to protect him played by Ryan Reynolds. The trailers for this film were surprisingly funny and looked like a breath of fresh air for the comedy genre. Did it succeed?

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is absolutely hilarious, and I am proud to finally say that about a comedy. The story is pretty generic, but the chemistry between the two leads carries this film to a success. The chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson is the most important aspect of this film and it shows when they are not together on screen. Both leads basically play themselves in real life, minus the killing. Reynolds is the high-pitched comic that we always love and Jackson is the lovable, foul-mouthed, charmer that makes everyone laugh. Yes, Jackson does drop many “mother f’s”, and it never gets old.

Other positives in this film are the script and the acting by all the actors. The script is not the greatest thing ever, but is above average and is lifted by all the performances given by the cast. Besides Reynolds and Jackson, other standouts include Elodie Yung as an Interpol agent who is a love interest for Reynolds. Gary Oldman has the most fun we have seen in a while as the dictator and is over the top, but not to the point where it takes you out of the movie. He is like Anthony Hopkins in “Transformers: The Last Knight” only Oldman is in a much better movie. Finally, the biggest standout of the entire cast, is Salma Hayek as Jackson’s wife who is locked up in jail. She is a vulgar, mean, scary criminal who is so much fun, and you can’t get enough of her. Something else that stands out in this movie is the action. The fight scenes are so well choreographed and fun. The action sequences are full of explosions and shootouts that don’t feel forced but rather natural which makes the film flow well.

Negatives in this film are rather significant, almost to the detriment of the movie. To start, there are large technical problems with this film. The lighting is very blurry and annoying because it makes you think that the editors were just lazy and didn’t bother to fix it. It’s like when you first get up in the morning and can only see a faint hint of light. Another technical problem is the CGI. The CGI looks incredibly fake and looks like a 3-D ride you’d see at Universal. I swear they use the same shot of a helicopter flying into a city three separate times where they just changed the color of the helicopter.

Another problem with this movie is how heavily the movie relies of Jackson and Reynolds chemistry. Every scene without the two leads is almost unbearable and forgettable. The first 15 minutes of the film is spent with the two being separate and it makes you hesitant about the movie. From the 15-minute mark on, the film picks up and is what you expected to see. There are also two immature jokes in this film that made me cringe, one with a fart, and one with urination. However, one of them did come back around to be funny in the end. The negatives stand out, but do not completely destroy the movie. There is much enjoyment to be had.

In the end, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is the funniest comedy so far in 2017 and is a much-needed breath of fresh air. There are certainly problems in this film, but they do not completely bring down your enjoyment in the theater. This film is a raunchy, action-packed, hilarious time and deserves some love in a month where movies are typically either bad or looked over. Reynolds is as funny as he is in “Deadpool” and Jackson is the funniest I’ve ever seen him. The positives outweigh the negatives and I definitely recommend this film.

 

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