Review by Dan Skip Allen
The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard is the sequel to the 2017 film, The Hitman's Bodyguard. Both films star Ryan Reynolds as a Triple A-rated protection agent and Samuel L. Jackson as a hitman responsible for the death of the biggest client in Bryce's career. Patrick Hughes was the director of both films.
Not that the first film in the series was anything great, but the second film isn't nearly as good as the first one. A minor character in the first film, Selma Hayek plays the titular wife of Jackson's character. She enlists the help of Reynolds's character to help rescue her husband from a Greek madman (Antonio Banderas) bent on the destruction of Europe. The toxic relationship between Reynolds's and Jackson's characters may get in the way of saving the day.
Both films have an R rating and for that, they have quite a few bloody violent death scenes and cursing. The second film doubles down on the cursing, though. Whereas the first film had the occasional curse word, the second film has characters cursing it seems every third word. I know Samuel L. Jackson is known for saying a specific curse word in films in his career, but they go way overboard with the cursing in this film. It was a complete turn-off for me. I've used the occasional curse word in my day, but to write a script where cursing is used so prevalently is just ridiculous. Even though all the cursing got a lot of laughs in my screening and probably by many others watching the film in the future, it ruins the movie for me.
The film also has an equally ridiculous story. To use a real-life event such as the financial failure and instability of a country and its downfall as a plot device for revenge by a bad guy is unacceptable. Using the strife of people such as the Greek people for such a childish revenge plot goes beyond intelligence as far as I'm concerned. This plot and story are terrible. There had to be a better idea they could have gone with than this stupid idea.
The first film gave viewers two actors that had good on-screen charisma when they were in other films. They worked well together in The Hitman's Bodyguard. Their banter was fun. The second film wastes all that with useless ad-libbing. Instead of sticking to a straightforward storyline, they go way out of the way to just try to get laughs by ad-libbing and cursing too much. This cast was wasted in this film. A prime example is Morgan Freeman. He plays in another ridiculous turn of events, Reynolds's character's father. Why on earth did they think this was good casting I have no idea, but it wasn't. Freeman was awful in the film as well!
This film was a waste of time from the get-go. Just because the first film had some mild success doesn't mean they had to make a sequel. Some films just don't need sequels to them. I know it's a business and Lionsgate was probably trying to capitalize on the money that the first one made. That being said, this film was a waste of my time. It was way too vulgar. The plot straight out of a James Bond film was unnecessary and ridiculous. The chemistry and action in the first film were wasted in this film by too much ad-libbing and cursing. A good pairing, as well as the rest of the cast, were completely wasted in this garbage sequel. It just says you don't always have to make sequels to successful movies. Hollywood is just running out of good ideas, and The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard proves that fact.
The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard hits theaters on June 16.