With summer movie season off to a semi-decent start in the pandemic calming down, films that have been sequels this summer have been impressive lately. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard takes the continued humor and action to many heights of laughs and twists that I did not expect to anticipate. When you take the laid-back humor with Ryan Reynolds and throw the vocal Samuel L. Jackson in a spy film (continued), expect many more twists than the first. Some moments may seem predictable or the same, but the laughs do not stop with this sequel. The thrills were endless.
The film kicks off with Michael Bryce (Reynolds) who is trying to recover from the episodes of the first film, and escape the stressors that being a bodyguard has caused him. He suffers from many PTSD moments, and just wants to be on a break from anything that is violent after his dangerous missions with Darius Kincaid (Jackson). Sadly though, Bryce does not catch a break. They find themselves in another lethal mission. This time though, Darius’s wife Sonia (played by Salma Hayek) is involved. Their mission is to save Sonia, but may have bigger damages than they expect to handle.
What I found most captivating with The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard was how the espionage moments lead to the laughs with lots off added catastrophes. Bryce still tries to avoid violence (even when back with working with Darius), but Darius is still about causing all kinds of major damages. This sequel is like a good cop, bad cop flick where the damage only gets worse with bad cop, and remains neutral with good cop. That is where I found myself having a ball with this one. I knew that Bryce would not change his thinking, and that Darius would only cause more damage. Not just more damage, but clever misdirection for many more joyful moments. I will say for a film with Reynolds, I am starting to expect that more in his films.
This is a fun sequel, it is not amazing, but its awesome. I always love a film with the witty and satirical dialogue mixed with Reynolds and Jackson. With those two icons together, their fans are in for a wild ride. Be ready though for tons of language, lethal violence, but tons of hysterical moments. It will have you laugh just as hard as the first one (if you have seen the first one). Three stars for The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.