Movie Reviews

Jared’s Quick Reviews: “Home Again”, “Hitman’s Bodyguard”, “American Assassin”

After getting the MoviePass again, I ventured out to see 3 new movies in the past week and a half. Below are my reviews of Home Again, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, and American Assassin.

Home Again: This Reese Witherspoon rom-com was the directorial debut of Nancy Meyers’ daughter, Hallie Meyers-Shyer. The film had all the tropes of her mother’s films including the elaborately decorated sets, the romantic tension between the leads, and the largely generic plots.

Home Again follows Alice Kinney, recently 40, who has two daughters and allows three young men live in her guest house. She starts a romantic relationship with Harry (Pico Alexander), who is almost 20 years her junior. Alexander’s character is largely unlikeable in this film, which makes it hard to root for him throughout the film.

The saving grace for the film really are the small roles played by Michael Sheen and Candice Bergen. Sheen plays Kinney’s estranged husband Austen, while Bergen plays her former movie star mother Lillian. Both characters serve as strong comic relief in their parts. 6.5/10

The Hitman’s Bodyguard: Ryan Reynolds plays a very Deadpool-like character in Michael Bryce, a triple A rated executive protection agent who is tasked in helping keep assassin Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) alive long enough to testify in a trial.

The film is a good enough action film, but it feels like both Reynolds and Jackson are playing characters we have seen them play before. While their chemistry is golden, you never got a real sense of the villain played by Gary Oldman. His character, Vladislav Dukhovich, the dictatorial President of Belarus, was forced to scenes stuck in a hotel or in a courtroom, limiting Oldman’s usual brilliance on camera.

If you are in the mood for more of the usual Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, The Hitman’s Bodyguard will suit you well. If you are expecting anything groundbreaking, or anything that isn’t trying to capitalize on Reynolds’ Deadpool success, think again. 6.5/10

American Assassin: Based on the Vince Flynn novel of the same name, American Assassin follows Mitch Rapp, a new recruit in a CIA Black Ops division trying to take down a nuclear threat in the Middle East. The movie is bogged down by Dylan O’Brien, playing a character that is utterly unlikable. The saving grace of the film is Michael Keaton, playing Stan Hurley, the head of the Black Ops division.

The action of the film is comparable to other shoot ’em up films like Olympus Has Fallen or the later Die Hard flicks, and relies heavily on that rather than a strong narrative. The writers try to get you invested in side characters’ personal lives, but never delve deep enough for you to care.

The action of the film is comparable to other shoot ’em up films like Olympus Has Fallen or the later Die Hard flicks, and relies heavily on that rather than a strong narrative. The writers try to get you invested in side characters’ personal lives, but never delve deep enough for you to care. 6.0/10

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