5/10 If you read my review for “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” (5.5/10), you can pretty much copy and paste most of my critiques of that movie onto this one seeing as how similar both movies’ strengths and weaknesses are. Much like the first one, the biggest strength this movie offers is the chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. Their characters play well off of each other and you can tell they had a blast filming this movie. There are some funny moments, the movie will definitely entertain you (it is about 20 minutes shorter than the first installment) and the soundtrack was solid overall. We get some fantasy/dream sequences that are a ton of fun and some of the best parts of the movie. Unfortunately, this movie suffers many of the same flaws as the first movie. The villain played by Antonio Banderas is similar to Gary Oldman’s character in the first movie in the sense that he is extremely generic and forgettable. The plot is pretty ludacris and gave off a bad James Bond vibe at times. The score was painfully plain and there was at least one edit that was off early on into the movie. There are tons of coincidences and ridiculous things that happen that are meant to be funny as opposed to being realistic in any way. Salma Hayek, as the “wife” that the title refers to, was actually a big problem in the movie. She had a small role in the first movie and gets a much bigger role here, yet her character is fairly annoying and just yells all the time. I found her character to not only be unlikable and ridiculous but I also didn’t buy for a second that her as a con woman would be as skilled of a fighter/assassin that the movie makes her out to be. She has perfect aim with her gun and is as badass as the hitman and bodyguard and I didn’t believe it for one second. Speaking of women in the movie, Reynold’s girlfriend was a huge part of the previous movie and not only isn’t in this movie at all but isn’t even mentioned. If the actress didn’t want to come back for the sequel, they could have at least said that she died or was away on work or something. To ignore her completely felt wrong due to her previous importance. She is essentially replaced with Reynold’s father and it is meant to be a big, surprise reveal in the movie but since the actor’s name is in the opening credits, it wasn’t a surprise at all. They should have left his name out of the opening credits similar to how “Seven” did with Kevin Spacey. The flaws make this slightly worse than the first movie but both movies are fun, dumb, forgettable flicks to kill some time but that won’t stay with you long after the credits roll. At least both movies are consistent so if you enjoyed the first one, you will enjoy this one as well and vice versa.

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