Film & TV
‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ Fails To Impress Critics
‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard‘, directed by Patrick Hughes, has received largely negative reviews from critics.
The film is a sequel to ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard‘ and will release in cinemas on June 16.
In this installment, Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds make their return as Michael Bryce and Darius Kincaid. Salma Hayek joins them to reprise the role of Sonia.
So far the film has achieved an abysmal score of 27% on Rotten Tomatoes and bagged some extremely critical reviews.
“If there’s one film that could make you wish that all theatres had not only stayed shuttered after the pandemic but burned down, it’s ‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard‘”, writes Cary Darling of the Houston Chronicle.
“The impression is of a creative team laughing that they’re getting away with this again, like a group of bank robbers howling as they round the block in their getaway car, then circling back to nonchalantly knock off the same place again”, wrote an equally unimpressed A.A Dowd for A.V. Club.
Derek Smith for Slant Magazine said it, “improves on its 2017 predecessor only insofar as it runs 20 minutes shorter.”
“It’s an accidental sequel that forgets its a sequel,” writes Forbes, Scott Mendelson. “Repeating the same narrative beats and retroactively dumbing down its characters.”
IndieWire’s David Ehrlich acknowledged the film as an improvement on the first, but remained inspired. “Not even the finest bodyguard in the world can protect us from the threat of mediocrity.” He commented.
Despite the poor reception from critics, ‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard‘ could still do well in the box office. Cinemas remain largely unsaturated due to the pandemic, and big action-comedies could be well received by audiences eager to return to theatres.
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