When The Hitman’s Bodyguard was released, I already knew I was in for a good time with its stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, and the Blu-ray review copy I got confirmed it and then some. So naturally I couldn’t wait for the inevitable sequel to come along and now it’s here in 4K with Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (yeah it’s weird without the “The” in front of it, but that’s its title). While it isn’t as well structured and funny as the original film, there’s still more than enough laughs and action for all.
Our own Christian Stirling had a fun-filled blast with the movie as well, and you can head over to his review for all of the plot details and more as I go over the 4K release and my take on it. This sequel reminds me a lot of Deadpool 2 which also starred Ryan Reynolds, as you’re glad that it happened and had a good time with it, but it also tends to overdo what made the first film so much fun.
Just like with the Deadpool sequel, this movie tends to overdo it with the comedy where most of it hits, but there’s also enough misses that come off as cringe, such as Reynolds character Michael Bryce leaving voice messages to his “future self” on his cell phone. I get that they want to milk him for all of his Deadpool-like sarcasm and comedic quips, but it gets to bit a little too much at times.
Even still, I had a good time watching one comedic and action-packed misadventure after another unfold in 4K with Dolby Vision supported HDR as everything looks bright, clear and colorful. Then there’s the always awesome Dolby Atmos audio that makes sure your home theater setup is constantly rumbling with funny dialogue and plenty of gunshots and explosions.
On the special features side of things, it’s a little on the light side but still has enough that’s worth a look. “Ryan, Sam, Salma: One F’d Up Family” has a hilarious montage of the main stars talking about the movie with footage from the film spliced in. “Gone Soft: The New Michael Bryce” features some more funny interviews that go over Michael’s break from being a hitman, and “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard: #stuntlife” takes viewers behind the scenes of some of the stunts with the stunt team.
Rounding out the extras are “On The Set Of Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” where some of the crew members give a tour of the sets and go into creating the look for the film, and there’s the fun “Gag Reel” that’s filled with hilarious botched lines, missed cues, and fun times the cast and crew had on set. All in all, Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is a good time made even better with a sweet 4K release that features both Dolby Vision and Atmos that’s a clean hit for your collection.