The Hitman’s Bodyguard debuted in August 2017 and hit a weird sweet spot in the box-office schedule. After a long summer characterized by a number of flops, the box-office bottomed out, and Hitman’s Bodyguard — the kind of fun, dumb R-Rated action movie that felt a little like a ’90s throwback — came out, and it ended up dominating that month at the box office, and part of September, too.
Obnoxious wiseacre Ryan Reynolds and profanity-fueled straight-man Sam Jackson were kind of the perfect odd couple, and add that to some decent action sequences, and a not-terrible script, and you’ve got a borderline Redbox movie that also happens to be the exact right movie for the right time.
Four years and a pandemic later, and we’ve got the sequel, Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, which contains two consecutive possessives, which is clumsy as hell (but then again, so is The Bodyguard of The Hitman’s Wife). Reynolds, Jackson, and Hayek are back, and so is director Patrick Hughes, best known for … The Hitman’s Bodyguard.
It comes out on June 16th, and it seems exactly like the kind of “escapism” that Bill Maher is demanding, although Maher would apparently prefer that these kinds of films also get Oscar nominations. I bet it’ll also play very well this summer ahead of F9 by a couple of weeks.
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