Movie Review #2085: THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD
Messrs Reynolds & Jackson are back in the follow up to 2017’s outing of the same name, minus the wife.
The original was a light-hearted romp via gratuitous violence, body dispatches, exploding assets and a whole variety of laughs and this one is more of the same. Main difference is the presence Selma Hayek, Samuel L’s motor-mouth spouse who seems to try and rule the proceedings but only succeeds in being the primary irritant.
Starts off slow and tedious but does get better and some of the laughs prove to be quite funny, although I’m sure there’s only a finite number of collisions, prangs, shootings, bounces and general mayhem that Ryan Reynolds’ body can take before becoming one of the aforementioned dispatchees.
Morgan Freeman shows up in a cameo and Antonio Banderas make a suitably nasty bad guy even if every time he opens his mouth, I can’t help but think of Puss In Boots!
Overall mildly amusing and if you enjoyed the first one no doubt you’ll enjoy this too.
Neon Mini-series Review #946: MARE OF EASTTOWN
Neon mini-series of 7 episodes featuring Titanic sweet young thing Kate Winslet as a 40-something cop in small town America (no prizes for guessing the name), up against murders and disappearances, all the while navigating her dysfunctional family with its own share of grief and tragedy.
Gritty to the point of sandpapering, various interrelationships don’t seem to distract our girl from pursuing the baddies, and she is not averse to using some skulduggery of her own to get the desired outcome.
Neighbours original Guy Pearce shows up as Mare's love interest, and boy, does he need a haircut. But this is mere folly against the sizable crime-solving challenges Ms Kate is up against.
She eventually solves the puzzles as they always do, but not before a few twists, turns and red herrings trying to influence our choice for killer (I got it at the close of the penultimate episode), and leaning us towards the most obvious candidate.
Kate is superb as Mare of the title (short for Marianne in case you were wondering) and the supporting crew well up to task. I hope there is another series on the horizon as this is certainly one of the better binge watches:
I'm a movie nut from way back with my first ever being The Hallelujah Trail from 1964. Ever since, I've been mesmerized by the giant screen, and the darkness that went on forever. Despite the infernally uncomfortable seats, (plus having to stand for God Save the Queen), I've been enticed ever since to duck into a theatre whenever I can for a few hours of escapism.