Is this a funny film? No. It isn’t
Samuel L. Jackson is never going to change. It’s been pretty clear for a while that he is the easiest character in Hollywood to typecast. With his upfront, intense performance style, he will always deliver exactly what is asked of him. However, after giving nearly the exact same performance in Kong: Skull Island as he does here, it should be questioned as to when will he actually just stop? There is nothing wrong with what he does, and to an extent, it is always enjoyable watching him yell ‘Motherfucker’ every time there is a lull in a conversation. But there is a limit, and The Hitman’s Bodyguard walks that limit like a tightrope.
The story centres around Michael Bryce (Ryan Renolds), a disgraced triple A rated protection agent suffering from the death of a client. Two years later, he carries out petty jobs protecting people who perhaps shouldn’t always be protected. It is only when his ex-girlfriend Amelia (Elodie Yung) calls him as a last resort, does he get back into the real protection game. With Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson), the world’s greatest hitman, at his side, Bryce must take his client to The Hague, the long way round. Targeted by Belarussian assassins, the pair must work together to stay alive, and reach their destination.
Essentially, The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a run of the mill action partner-comedy, with a road trip and bad guys. Its lack of ambition is astounding, and there has never been a more middle of the road film, with such an action filled run time.
Despite all of this, The Hitman’s Bodyguard is still enjoyable. There is an underlying charm to it, which just about works with the leading pair being the focal point. A lot of the jokes they rely on aren’t actually funny, and other moments where their hilarity comes majorly into question. Is this a funny film? No. It isn’t.
With its supremely long run time and seemingly never ending plot, twisting and turning this way and that, The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a wild miss for the most part. However, it has enough features with entertaining elements to keep it running, even if it’s pretty much on empty. It isn’t immediately forgettable, but that’s probably not what the creators were going for.