Movie Review: “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” keeps the wacky action rolling

In a sequel I can’t remember anyone asking for, “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” reunites it’s trio of stars as Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Selma Hayek to give us another round of crazy, action-packed comedy. And their collective charisma is enough to make this a passable, albeit forgettable, fun time.

When Darius Kincaid (Jackson) is kidnapped, his psycho other half, Sonia (Hayek), yanks Michael Bryce (Reynolds) out of a sabbatical for a rescue mission. Along the way they get entangled in a conspiracy to destroy Europe being quarterbacked by Aristotle (Antonio Banderas). Morgan Freeman is also along for the ride as Reynold’s dad. Yes, you read that right.

It takes this kind of star power to make this stuff work. Any less of a likeable cast and we’re not going to like this stuff.

But it does work. Director Patrick Hughes gives us some impressive action with a budget behind it and it makes the movie entertaining. Reynolds, Jackson, and Hayek roll over their chemistry from their first outing, and the new players fit in better than they should in this ridiculous story.

Still, all of this is completely ridiculous. If you missed the first outing and are wandering into this movie after looking at the poster, expecting this cast to be pushing for an Oscar, you’re deeply mistaken. This is not a film to be taken seriously on any level outside of some clever gunfights, big explosions, and amusing banter.

I was never bored though. And I’m glad I saw the movie. If you set your expectations correctly, there is no reason it can’t be another silly good time.

And yes, it’s pretty cool seeing Hayek and Banderas together 26 years after “Desperado”.

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

GRADE: B

Rated: R

Runningtime: 1 hour 39 minutes

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