So I was lucky enough to get a ticket to an advanced screening of Kingsman 2 last night. I was super pumped because the first one was a surprisingly amazing film (consider it to be a better James Bond movie than the Daniel Craig ones) and I’d get to have a review up for y’all before this weekend. Win-win for everyone. That is until AMC completely dicked me over. This wasn’t a critics screening or anything and the seats are first come, first serve but I’ve never had a problem getting in before and only had a problem because the staff at the Union Square AMC in NYC suck. Apparently the new Reese Witherspoon romcom Home Again has been selling out shows in that theater like crazy. So 25 minutes before they were supposed to start letting us into the theater the manager on duty pulled an audible and decided to switch the theaters the movies were showing in.
So what? You may be asking yourself, theaters aren’t that different. Well you’re wrong. The one set aside for Kingsman 2 had been one of their larger ones that seats 150-200 people while the original Home Again theater was their smallest one that only sat around 50 people. This meant when they were letting people in they had to cut off the line at 50 people instead of 200. Any guesses what spot in line I was?
DING DING DING
If you guessed 52 then you’re right! I actually laughed when the door guy told us they were cutting it off early (hadn’t explained the theater switch yet) because I thought he was joking. He explained the situation and then offered a recommendation: go see mother! because it’s such a deep, thought provoking movie and bound to be much better overall than Kingsman 2. That’s when I realized his opinion on anything was trash and tuned him out. My options were basically see a movie that started in the next 20 minutes (Hitman’s Bodyguard or IT) or go home. While IT is amazing and you should all definitely go see it – I’ve already seen it twice in theaters and wasn’t going to pay to see it again so here’s your review for Hitman’s Bodyguard.
Hitman’s Bodyguard is not a great film by any means but it sure as hell is a fun one. There’s nothing special about the plot or the action scenes or the way it’s shot but the chemistry between Reynolds and Jackson is off the charts. So much so that I can’t believe these two haven’t done a buddy cop type movie before this. If you don’t know what the movie is about here’s a brief synopsis:
The world’s top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.
Samuel L. Jackson is playing the hit man who feels very much like a spiritual successor to Jules from Pulp Fiction. Ryan Reynolds is playing a Triple-A rated bodyguard who’s basically the opposite of Deadpool personality-wise – very uptight and polite but also a dick to everyone in his life. The supporting cast is also pretty damn good with Salma Hayek as Jackson’s wife and Gary Oldman as the villain, a dictator being tried by Interpol for genocide. Hell even the chick who plays Elektra in the Netflix Marvel shows did a pretty good job as Reynolds’ ex/an interpol agent.
Best thing I can say about it is that I went into the movie in a shitty mood because of the AMC debacle and walked out with a grin on my face. If you’re a fan of either of the leads I’d definitely check it out. If you already saw it let me know what you think in the comments below or on twitter @dgood826
PS – FUCK AMC