The soft spot I have I my heart for Ryan Reynolds will never go away. Ever since I saw him in Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place, I realized my "type". Reynolds has basically been playing the exact same character for the last twenty years. For the most part his niche is snarky and sarcastic and I don't even care that it's almost always the same.
The Hitman's Bodyguard is no different. This time, he's joined by Samuel L. Jackson. It seems as though these roles were written specifically for these two actors. Both fill them so perfectly. It's like someone just came up with a basic concept and then told the two to just go and have fun with it.
Reynolds plays a disgraced bodyguard who has to help get Jackson to court on time to testify against a war lord played by Gary Oldman. Oh, did I mention that this comes off as a comedy? It's yet another in a long line of cross-genre films in which we get both action and comedy in one. Hitman's Bodyguard is vaguely reminiscent of the Lethal Weapon franchise. Reynolds is straight laced where Jackson is carefree. Both play off each other in the best ways.
One of my favorite scenes involves Reynolds ranting about Jackson's character while the world explodes behind him. He doesn't flinch once.
It's hard to talk about this one without giving too much away. I lef the theater feeling like a hadn't wasted my money, which is always a good feeling to have. There were a few problem areas but nothing that can't be ignored.
Has anyone else seen this one? Did you enjoy it?