REVIEW: Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is what happens with you take top notch actors, stuff them into an action-packed comedy with over-the-top situations and a ridiculous plot. This sequel, to the hilariously underrated 2017 film, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, is a fun and explosive ride that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Reprising their roles as Darius Kincaid (the Hitman) and Michael Bryce (the Bodyguard) are Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds, who slip seamlessly back into the characters so familiar you almost forget which movie you’re actually watching. There were a few moments where Deadpool missed a joke breaking the 4th wall. Salma Hayek also reprises her small role from the original as Sonia, Darius’ con-artist wife. This time she’s a major part of the story and a serious pain in Bryce (and her husband’s) backside.

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard never promised to be witty or unexpected, and the movie is generally enjoyable and entertaining (action shots always look great on the big screen), but the writing leaned quite hard into sexist territory, specifically pertaining to Sonia’s motivation of motherhood.

Written by Brandon Murphy, Philip Murphy, and Tom O’Connor, the character of Sonia – who is intended to be an “infamous international con-artist” – drills down to an unstable woman laser-focused on becoming a mother, becoming explosive should anyone suggest she’s too old to give birth. This outdated barren bitch trope is lazy and undoubtably sexist, as Sonia’s only motivation in this movie is childbearing. Additionally, labeling Sonia as “crazy” (which Bryce continuously calls her) with outbursts of rage, air-headedness, selfishness, and blatant indifference to the safety of those around her, continues to perpetuate stigma.

And if those offenses weren’t enough, there’s an entire flash-back scene which results in a death because an overweight man dared to ride a roller-coaster. This careless fatphobia was not only irrelevant, but it was absolutely avoidable.

Regardless, action comedies are generally enjoyable. Salma Hayek kicking ass, shooting guns, and swearing is always fun. Antonio Banderas , in addition to Morgan Freeman, acts as a brilliant reminder of the star power this movie holds. With an hour and forty minute run time, it’s easy to stay for the mid-credit’s scene.

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is in theaters June 16th.

— Yael Tygiel

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
The world’s most lethal odd couple – bodyguard Michael Bryce and hitman Darius Kincaid – are back on another life-threatening mission. Still unlicensed and under scrutiny, Bryce is forced into action by Darius’s even more volatile wife, the infamous international con artist Sonia Kincaid. As Bryce is driven over the edge by his two most dangerous protectees, the trio get in over their heads in a global plot and soon find that they are all that stand between Europe and a vengeful and powerful madman. Joining in the fun and deadly mayhem is Morgan Freeman as – well, you’ll have to see.

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