After the summer of 2020 which was quiet from box office films due to the pandemic, this year the box office films slowly began to fill. The presence of Hitman’s Wife’s Boyguard, which is the sequel to Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017), is a breath of fresh air that will treat the audience’s longing for Ryan Reynolds’ typical comedy style as well as a warm-up before the film Free Guy in August. The film is again directed by Patrick Hughes with screenplays by Tom O’Connor, Brandon Murphy, and Philip Murphy. Famous names such as Antonio Banderas, Frank Grillo, and Morgan Freeman also enliven the ranks of the current cast which of course makes us even more curious about what their actions will be like in this film.
The strange and deadly couple in the world of bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) and hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) return to another life-threatening mission. Bryce must protect Darius’ wife, famous international con artist Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek), in his quest to save Darius. The three unexpectedly enter into a global plot involving the evil plans of the maniac Aristotle (Antonio Banderas). Although his license as bodyguard is still suspended and under surveillance, Michael is still forced to be involved by Sonia and Darius, Michael must risk his life again even though he is on vacation due to the various problems and pressures he has gone through.
During the 116 minutes of this film, the feelings of fun, joy, and excitement become one. The combination of action and comedy in this film feels right and is very entertaining. In this story the dominant roles are held by Michael and Sonia’s characters, while Darius is more relaxed but still supports the overall storyline. The addition of Bobby O’ Neill (Frank Grillo) and a surprise character played by Morgan Freeman add to the splendor of this film. There is still conflict in this second film but it feels less ‘believeable’ when compared to the first film because in this story it is told that there is a billionaire terrorist Aristotle Papadopoulos (Antonio Banderas) who wants to mess up the European Union due to the Greek state being subject to economic sanctions. Then this film also has a subplot of Sonia who really wants to have children because she wants to save Darius which is actually not too significant and can be replaced with another story. We know from the start that this film doesn’t need to be taken seriously because 70% of it is comedy, 30% action which contains chases, shootouts, and explosions in European countries such as Croatia, Italy, England, and Slovenia. Just enjoy the madness of these three characters in completing their mission to stop Aristotle
A surprise cast that also brings a twist to the story, the use of Morgan Freeman is quite appropriate considering he’s an undoubted character actor. Frank Grillo is a bit underused and tends to come across as a clichéd stereotypical police character. Likewise for Antonio Banderas who lacks charisma as an antagonist character so that he tends to be easily forgotten, his character does not seem to have involved all of them are experienced actors, Salma Hayek, Ryan Reynolds, and Samuel L. Jackson are able to show good chemistry as a trio of crazy characters. and not afraid to die. Morgan Freeman is present as a character with less solid depth of emotion and identity. The cinematography of this film is quite good and wants to take the audience to countries in Europe from the adventures of the three main characters throughout the film.
Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is really an entertaining film during a pandemic, making us forget for a moment the difficulties and atmosphere of a pandemic in the real world. The story is deliberately made eccentric in the style of Ryan Reynolds with the aim of entertaining the audience. This film tries to satirize existing espionage-themed films with a comedic style that aims not to bore the audience with clichéd plots. The sarcastic and vulgar humor is deliberately displayed as a feature of the identity of this film which is quite attached and eagerly awaited by the audience. If you liked the first film, this sequel is not to be missed.