(News4usonline) – Sometimes when you go to a movie you just want to enjoy yourself. You go in spite of what critics have to say about a particular film you decided you were going to go see.
Sometimes it’s best not to listen to those critics.
After all, critics know about as much about a film as you do except they get paid for it.
I kept that in mind as I made up my mind to go and see The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. Actually, it was my wife and my daughter who vigorously picked the movie for the family to watch while we were on vacation.
I tried to put up a small fuss about it but ended up conceding to the ladies of my household. It was a wise choice on a couple of fronts.
But when it comes to the viewing of the film, the follow-up to The Hitman’s Bodyguard which came out in 2017, I must admit that I had a really good time.
It was a lot better than I thought. That’s because my concerns around the film depended on what the critics had to say. Sometimes that’s good. Sometimes it doesn’t make one bit of difference.
After I had read that Rotten Tomatoes had given the Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds, and Salma Hayek film a horrendous 26 percent rating (audiences gives the film a 79 percent score), I was like “Whoa!”
When I saw the rating, I thought to myself that there was no way I was going to go and waste my time and money on the movie. As I mentioned earlier, my opinion got overridden. It’s good to have a second opinion.
Funny, I had a second opinion to convince me to see The Hitman’s Bodyguard, despite the movie getting a 43 percent shoutout from Rotten Tomatoes.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard, which I thought was just okay as a film, wound up raking in over $176 million globally. So much for the critics knee-chopping the film. So, now getting to The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.
Yes, the film has the usual explosion, running out of buildings and car crashes and plenty of shoot’em up scenes, but what makes the movie enjoyable is the bonding camaraderie displayed by Jackson, Reynolds and Hayek.
The triplets are simply funny and play off each other really, really well. Billed as an action comedy and crime film, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is taken over by the superb acting of Hayek, who actually has third billing in the sequel to the 2017 movie.
Not to throw any shade on Jackson or Reynolds, but Hayek steals the show in The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. Both Jackson and Reynolds are great together, but by throwing in Hayek as the film’s official third wheel, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard gives you a good show.
Without going into spoiler alert material, Hayek takes over the film as Jackson’s sultry sex charm who happens to know a thing or two about taking out the bad guys, thanks to her hubby’s side gig profession as a hitman.
Hayek is all over the place. She perfectly plays the sex kitten role to Jackson’s character-Darius Kincaid-but then she is just as adept at playing the badass chic who has no issue in picking up a gun or two and handling her business.
Reynolds’ bodyguard role (Michael Bryce), undergoes an identity crisis in this film, and then begins to re-discover who he is. All of this is taking place while Bryce and Kincaid as well as Sonia Kincaid (Hayek) must save the world. Besides playing a hot-headed siren, Hayek brings a level of compassionate and a nurturing spirit to her character.
This makes everything work. Throw in Morgan Freeman and Antonio Banderas, and you should have a pretty decent movie. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is more than a decent movie. The three main stars in the film-Jackson, Reynolds, and Hayek, make that happen.
But what makes the film click is Hayek’s comedic flair. She is hilarious at times. And because of this, Hayek is able to rescue the film from doom and gloom. Her presence on the screen is inescapable.
Without it, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard becomes just another run-of-the-miller movie without any direction. This is why we go to the movies and choose not listen to the critics.
Featured Image Caption: Ryan Reynolds (left) as ’Michael Bryce,’ Salma Hayek as ’Sonia Kincaid,’ and Samuel L Jackson (right) as ’Darius Kincaid’ in THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD. Photo Credit: David Appleby