Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Movie Review & Summary: Every Bit Of It Is Outrageous And Ironically Fun

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Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is a comedy action flick directed by Patrick Hughes. It takes us back into the story of Bryce and Kincaid, and how Kincaid’s wife sparks another mission. 

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Movie Plot

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard revolves around the famed bodyguard Michael Bryce and how he gets involved again in the business of Darius Kincaid, only this time, it’s his wife, Sonia, who needs bodyguarding.

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Movie Cast

  • Ryan Reynolds as Michael Bryce
  • Salma Hayek as Sonia Kincaid
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Darius Kincaid
  • Antonio Banderas as Aristotle 

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Movie Review

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is weird in every possible way. It establishes a new story in the life of Michael Bryce who is looking for a nice time without any bodyguarding. The events of the first film has sent him in such a PTSD state that even therapy is unable to help him. This sequel takes place right after the events of Hitman’s Bodyguard, yet the sequel somehow is more raunchier and dumb than it’s predecessor.

It still packs a lot of violence and some really over the top one liners which make absolutely no sense, but it amuses you in its ridiculousness. The antagonist is devoid of an original goal, the Interpol officer is devoid of an original personality and the plot of Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard relies solely on the chemistry between the three characters. And depending on how you choose to look at this muck up, you can still squeeze some fun out of it. 

Fresh off from a mission, Michael Bryce (Played by Ryan Reynolds) has become forever broken due to the events of the last movie. His experience as bodyguarding for Darius Kincaid hasn’t been the best and now he just wants to stay as far away from that business as possible.

So he decides to take a nice long vacation from work and just leave bodyguarding for good. And as he is about to make a memo for his future self, Sonia Kincaid (Played by Salma Hayek) drops out of nowhere with guns blazing and well, there goes Bryce’s vacation down the hill.

As it turns out, Sonia is the husband of Darius and he has been kidnapped which ropes Michael back into the business of bodyguarding with nothing but pepper spray to save his mortal being. And then comes Aristotle (Played by Antonio Banderas) who has this weird mission of drilling through Europe and causing a mass surge of electricity. As I said, the plot is ridiculous and the fact that I managed to explain it this much is really surprising. 

In a still from Hitman's Wife’s Bodyguard Movie

‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ Movie Survives Due to its Cast

The movie is weird and if I am to say without any biases for the quirkiness of the three main characters, nothing in it really works. But well, the actors allow themselves to run wild, given that there isn’t a lot to go from the screenplay perspective and that creates a lot of sequences that I enjoyed in pure Irony.

I know the movie on a whole doesn’t amount to a lot so I don’t bother watching it with a tendency to expect something surprising, I just watch it to laugh at the outrageousness of it all and that mindset easily got me through the movie. Salma Hayek plays a ruthless and an overly sexual wife who is ready to divulge into the deep discussions of why her reproductive system won’t work, and juggle her breasts in front of Ryan Reynolds’s character because, well, she is of the opinion that he likes them.

It’s everything preposterous yet I found myself laughing at the couple’s wildest moments together, whether it’s tonguing each other while Bryce takes the hold of the car or having sex with each other while Bryce is locked in a trunk. Bryce really is the sanest being in this movie. He goes through some of the most hysterical character development with his backstory of his mother, and again, none of this should work, but it’s so undeniably ridiculous that it becomes low-key fun. 

Don’t Expect Anything Surprising Out of This

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is filled with shots which don’t look good and editing which just doesn’t work. Ever since the movie begins, the framing and the interlinking of scenes just doesn’t match and it hardly makes the film look fluid.

The editing issue gradually becomes decent by the end, but that doesn’t necessarily forgive the bad framing decisions that are especially prominent in under-choreographed fight scenes. These action sequences are filled with bloodshed, but Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard just ends up heavily relying on them without trying out something new.

No matter how satisfying it is to watch bullets pop skulls and send bodies flying, if the fight sequence itself doesn’t have anything which separates it from the rest then it just ends up looking dull. The other major issue I have with this film is its below average antagonist.

Antonio Banderas doesn’t have anything to do in the role as it’s riddled with unwanted cliché and things that just don’t make any sense whatsoever. Even in the final act, I just wasn’t able to grasp his motive or intention for doing what he does and the logic of it all. But then again, I remembered that the more I try to figure this film out, the less fun I have with it. 

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard just doesn’t work that often. I like to think that it was made for a specific set of audience who are into unneeded overly sexual innuendos, Ryan Reynolds and some over the top plot twists and backstories that make zero sense whatsoever.

As an amalgam of everything, the only fun I had with this movie came through such scattered little scenes which never had a single bit of logic to them, and that’s precisely why they made me giggle. Ironically, Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is an above average watch, unironically however, I would probably skip this one. 

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Movie Critical Reception

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard stands at 27% on Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus being, “Despite the charms of its ensemble, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard fails to protect the audience from repetitive and tired genre tropes.” It has a Metascore of 32. 

The Movie Culture Synopsis 

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard tries so hard to be humorous and make its audience laugh but none of its characteristics are clever enough to produce that reaction in an organic manner. The chemistry between the three main characters is where the heart of the film lies, if it even has one in the first place. But I think fans of the cast will have a decent time and maybe that’s worth something. 

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  • Hardik is a Mumbai based writer who is a cinephile. Nothing interests him more than movies and visual entertainment. His other hobbies include reading and singing (At least, he likes to think that he sings well). You can connect with him on his Instagram.