This week, Y’s movie critic, Kevin McIndoe, shares his opinion on The Hitman’s Bodyguard, The Hunter’s Prayer, Blind and Home Again.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
If you’re like me and think Ryan Reynolds did some of his best acting in a TV commercial for BT (a British telecommunications company), the idea of him standing up to the mighty Samuel L Jackson on screen is a bit of a tall order.
And yet the Canadian actor pulls it off; no mean achievement against the effortlessly cool American superstar.
In this, Michael Bryce (Reynolds) plays a former protection agency boss who has blotted his copybook (well, if a client dies on your watch; that’ll do it) and is recruited as a bodyguard to Darius Kincaid (Jackson).
Trouble is, his new client is not going to be an easy gig. Kincaid is an infamous hitman who is to testify at the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands.
And to add insult to injury, Kincaid has tried to kill him no fewer than 28 times.
But business is business, as they say, and the mismatched pair have to work together. At stake is taking down an evil dictator Vladislav Dukhovic (Gary Oldman) who is accused of war crimes.
However, anyone who has dared to testify against him has wound up dead.
The drama is taut, the action is faultless, the dialogue snappy, and there are just enough humorous vignettes without descending into slapstick. If you took out the comedy, Jason Bourne would blend right in.
No one does bon mots better than Jackson but Reynolds squares up to him, and some of the banter rifles through the dialogue and off the screen.
Of course, mismatched buddy movies are nothing new. Some really fly; others not so much.
This action-comedy/drama is a goer and is just great fun. Don’t take the children, though.
Review by Kevin McIndoe
The Hunter’s Prayer
Lucas (Sam Worthington) is just one hitman-for-hire who has his fair share of demons. When he can’t bring himself to carry out his next contract ie taking out the 16-year-old Ella (Odeya Rush), then it’s the latest ill-judged decision to blight his life. His would-be client Richard Addison (Allan Leech) is far from happy, and decides to take them both out. It’s another assassin-with-a-conscience run-through but Rush is just too inexperienced to bring her part to life. The father-daughter subplot falls about as flat as a speech by Theresa May, too. Still, an appearance by Scottish actor Martin Compston (Metzer) is always welcome.
Suzanne (Demi Moore) is an upscale New York housewife who finds she has to slum it (relatively) after her billionaire husband is jailed for insider trading. When she is found guilty of being complicit in his crimes, she is sentenced to community service. And that’s when she meets Bill (Alec Baldwin), a novelist who has been blinded by an accident and is in therapy trying to get his life on track. It’s a pleasant enough middle-aged rom-com but a tad on the tepid side. Baldwin seems miscast (too much of a bruiser to play vulnerable) and Moore is off her game. It’s good to see her back, though.
Alice (Reese Witherspoon) is a separated mother-of-two who takes three young guys into her home (to help pay the bills, presumably). This has been touted as a romantic comedy, which is something Witherspoon fans will expect. It sounds like it’s about a woman who is nearing 40 and wants to find out if she’s still got it. I hope the three guys (played by Pico Alexander, Nat Wolff and Jon Rudnitsky) aren’t irritating, over-confident college boys trying it on. I’m not really a fan of Reese, but surely she isn’t going to fall for that? Still, Michael Sheen plays the estranged husband and should lend a bit of class to proceedings.
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