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Elaf: The new action-comedy “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” opened in cinemas in the United States last week, with Ryan Reynolds, Salma Hayek and Samuel L. Jackson returning to complete the events of the 2017 movie “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”.
In the previous installment, Michael Price, an ambitious “Executive Protection Agent” finds his career in shambles after the assassination of one of his agents. Two years later, his ex-girlfriend (an Interpol agent) reluctantly hires him to protect killer Darius Kinkade (Jackson).
Darius is a key witness in the trial of the ruthless dictator of Belarus (Gary Oldman), where he agreed to testify in exchange for the release of his fraudulent wife, Sonia (Salma Hayek) from prison.
Michael has to transport Darius from London to the International Criminal Court while he is being pursued by all the killers the Belarusian dictator can muster.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard grossed $176.6 million worldwide but has certainly received mixed reviews.
Although nearly everyone praised the on-screen comic chemistry between Reynolds and Jackson, much of the criticism was directed at the script, not the performance. But the public was more tolerant than the critics.
A cliched but necessary comedy at this time
In “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” we find Michael still in exile as a bodyguard, despite his successful assignment with Kincaid. Even his therapist can’t wait to get rid of him, and suggests he take a vacation to Capri. He just wants to relax by the pool and read a book in peace, but fate (in the form of Sonya) interferes. According to the official introduction to the movie.
Once again, the on-screen chemistry between the three potential clients contributes to the film’s success. The usual bickering between Reynolds and Jackson grows more and more fun in this part, with Michael insisting he never carry a gun – and relying on pepper spray and a Swiss Knife for protection because his therapist advised him to.
Hayek once again shows a real talent for “physical comedy”, as well as long, pompous sentences in Spanish (often left untranslated).
Among the supporting actors, Tom Hooper – better known as Luther in the Netflix drama The Umbrella Academy – plays Magnuson, a supernatural bodyguard who is Michael’s arch rival.
Antonio Bandreas is glamorous as the evil Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Papadopoulos, and Richard E. Grant returns with a cameo role as the company’s drug-addicted CEO, Mr. Seifert.
The same criticism can be made of the film The Killer’s Wife’s Bodyguard as its predecessor; Many critics have already done so. Yes, the film’s cliché follows a repetitive action comedy format, from car chases, bombings, torture scenes, and others. It is not difficult to predict what will happen next.
But none of that matters, because the movie in the end is just a fun ride with three amazing and very attractive stars. It’s just a corny comedy movie, but it’s very entertaining, which is exactly what the viewer needs at this dark stage in human history. Proof of this, it took first place in the box office charts, in its first week, bringing in $11.6 million from 3,331 theaters in the United States during the weekend.