The Bodyguard Reviews
The cast for this film is really likeable. Kevin Costner is ideal casting for this part, it might seem kind of odd to see him here at first but he really fits well and seeing the places where the film goes, we get to learn about him well. He also styled his hair after Steve McQueen, one of the original actors who was attached to this project many, many years before in one of the many attempts to get this to the big screen. It was also annoying to just see everyone treat him horribly, except Devaney, it made sense because he was new but he was just trying to do his job. I do wonder how Devaney found him though and he easily just walked onto Farmer's property. Before I knew any better, when I first heard of this film years ago, given its concept and its leading actress, I thought that Houston would be playing herself and while I'm sure someone has made a joke pertaining to that, she was pretty good. For a film debut it could be much worse and this film made an absolute huge amount of money. The rest of the cast are filled out quite nicely by some great character actors. I did question why Tony wasn't her bodyguard the whole time but I guess they need to take shifts and Farmer was a professional, it's scary how easy it was to get in, he didn't even need to show any proof, but they address that in the film. He also got worried at one point when she goes shopping, I know she and Tony were mad at that point but still, he should have been there and not lose sight of her. Although it would have been some terrible irony if Farmer's wife had died while with him and if that had of happened, I wouldn't feel very safe.
The film had some pretty good humour, the knives at the start and then the dog sleeping by the door and then later on they make a joke about a smaller dog not being able to protect them which is exactly what I was thinking. There is also a very odd fight with Farmer and Tony which comes out of nowhere,it has its reasons but he wasn't very sneaky when coming up to Farmer and I thought it was funny how Farmer kept overpowering Tony but he had the upper hand and new what he was doing, so it makes sense. There was a part where they were looking under a car for a bomb but Farmer then states he already looked, so why was he down there? To show the other person how to do it?When Marron said she was going to bed, nobody said goodnight, which was odd. The film also references the real world a bit but I thought the inclusion of the presidents, especially Reagan, could be a bit odd to some, they could say you're using a shooting of a president as a part of a film but it works, especially because of who the failed assassin targeted. I thought at one point it would reveal that the sister was unhappy with Marron and while that was actually brought up, the way her character exited the film was odd, she probably shouldn't have shouted. I did like how there is more to it than we expect at first, even if that person who wrote the letters just exits the plot at one point, I thought he would be a decoy or something. I thought those footprints in the snow were the stalker, which would be pretty obvious to find because it is snow but the footprints were going into the woods but then we see Fletcher get in the boat and it's a good job he got him off the boat even thing that would have hurt. I questioned why he didn't just get to the end of the walkway and call to him or pull him off but we soon find out and it was a good thing they didn't get in. I saw a review say why would someone rig the boat because it didn't seem like they were all that interested in it but a stalker would cover all bases and they had been in that boat in a scene prior. He also does a similar thing earlier when he runs after a car, I don't see what he could have done, get the licence plate maybe? It'd make sense to stay in the car because it's faster but he did a good job to keep up with the car, even if that was hard to believe he could keep up, you'd have thought he would have sped up. When he takes that piece of clothing off of Marron I thought he would blindfold himself but something else happens whilst it looks bigger, but nice and I like that film had some clever editing during the love scene and didn't just focus on it for too long, it was nicely done.
The only thing I had problems with was the part where she performs for the first time and that's only because we see people just act horribly like everyone does when they are in a group, it's that mob mentality of it all; let one on stage and then they all want to join but it was good to see Farmer and the others fight their way out. Also, in that scene, there was one part where Sy talks about how this is her big moment whilst it shows footage of her singing and I started to wonder where the film stopped and the PR began, however, that didn't really happen for too long. Although, seeing all the goings on behind the stage is interesting to watch, both there and especially at the end, although, it was odd that they let that girl with the flowers in before she performs, it looked like her sister just because we didn't really get a good look at her but even if it was, I'm surprised the room didn't just get packed. And we see someone smoking in a kitchen at one point, which is never good and we see Farmer kick a box of supplies. And those changing rooms were terrible, the curtain was a little high but you could see over the top easily. When it started I thought that 2 hours and 10 minutes was a bit long and even though it ends up being 2 hours and 5 minutes, I think it was a good length; the part where they retreat to that house in the woods seemed like it would be a slow addition, but it develops characters and things actually did happen quick quickly as well.
I read another review that said this was the perfect Saturday night film and I actually saw this on a Saturday and I enjoyed this film quite a lot. It has a pair of good leads, of which we get to see how each half life, an interesting, fun, watchable and enjoyable story and a great soundtrack. It's taken me a very long time to see it but I'm glad that I finally have and it's another film off of the list.
Saw this on 14/4/15
The Bodyguard was an phenomenal hit it the 90s with a terrific sound track and a crucial casting that was against all the racial stereotypes. The Bodyguard is a fun movie to watch, it's underrated by all means because it's well made and though improbable, the stars Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston keep it all afloat. Lawrence Kasdan has scribed an ambitious thriller, perhaps one of the most realistic ambitious films that I have ever seen with an ending that culminates on the then futuristic 67th Academy Awards.