Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson return in a brainless, foul-mouthed sequel with a dash of slapstick chuckles. Hitman’s wife’s bodyguard regroups the strange killer couple with an equally raunchy con man in a hackneyed plot to save Europe’s tech infrastructure. The action comedy is packed with gunfights, chases and fights. The problem is that the violence is too superficial and outlandish. The film embraces foolishness to error. This results in the complete waste of his experienced Hollywood ensemble cast.
Hitman’s wife’s bodyguard picks up with Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) have lost its “Triple A” security rating and license. Being a bodyguard was his whole life purpose. Lost and dejected, he sees a therapist who is quickly annoyed by his nagging. She advises him to take a well-deserved vacation on the beautiful beaches of Capri, Italy.
Michael’s reprieve is ruined by a gun-blazing Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek). Newly married Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) has been kidnapped by Italian mobsters. His last words to his lover were to bring Michael Bryce to the rescue. Michael despises Darius, blames him for all his troubles, and has given up using a gun. His resolve is put to the test when the mismatched trio is dragged into Interpol’s investigation into notorious Greek billionaire Aristotle Papadopoulos (Antonio Banderas).
The assassin’s wife’s bodyguard drops more F-bombs than a gangster rap album. The characters spit the expletive in every sentence. Samuel L. Jackson has made quite a career saying “motherf***er” but this is next level swearing. And that’s just a small selection of Salma Hayek’s multilingual swearing. Bad words have no meaning and no value when used so lightly. Vulgarity is no substitute for weak dialogue. I don’t know if the actors improvised or recited the script, but the profanity has little comedic value.
Ryan Reynolds gets run over, tossed about like a rag doll and spattered with brains throughout the movie. Some jokes are very funny. Reynold’s sarcastic episode works with physical comedy. The shenanigans just lose their shine in the second act. The character’s storyline about regaining his license and self-confidence gets stale. There is never any reason for Michael Bryce to put up with this nonsense; except it’s a punching bag and the brunt of all the jokes.
The assassin’s wife’s bodyguard does not mince words of the action with a large budget. The movie goes full throttle on huge action scenes. I wish they weren’t so cartoonish. The characters never get in trouble. And when they get hurt, like being hit by a car, they jump back up and continue ass kicking. No action should be taken seriously. I think the comic element is exaggerated. The filmmakers had to cut back on the farce and insert more realistic danger. In that respect, the first movie was much better.
Frank Grillo, Richard E. Grant and Morgan Freeman have supporting roles. They are humorous at first, but then become bland and forgettable. This seems to be the main flaw in all aspects of the story. The language, action, and pratfalls get less funny as the film progresses. The assassin’s wife’s bodyguard is a production of Millennium Media and Summit Entertainment. It will be released in theaters on June 16 by Lionsgate.
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