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The Bodyguard

Author: Jackson Booth-Millard from United Kingdom
8 July 2005

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Most people know about this romantic (not very thrilling) thriller film because of the number one theme song, from director Mick Jackson (Volcano). Basically former Secret Service agent turned on bodyguard Frank Farmer (Razzie nominated Kevin Costner) is hired by the manager of successful pop singer turned actress Rachel Marron (twice Razzie nominated Whitney Houston) who has recently been receiving threatening notes/letters. Farmer is haunted by the fact that he quit being a bodyguard for Ronald Reagan, just before he got shot. Farmer wants to keep his relationship with Marron professional, but he does agree to go on a date, and they do sleep together, but of course he feels this was a mistake, and she is obviously being bitchy towards him, and he knows he can't stop thinking about her "in that way". Rachel had been nervous going on stage during this difficult time, but you can imagine her fear on the big Oscar night when she is presenting an award, and then nominated for Best Actress, which she does win, and her assassin is certain. Rachel was saved by Frank, and he is later seen as she boards a plane with a new (older) bodyguard, but she can't take off without that big kiss. Also starring Gary Kemp as Sy Spector, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer's Bill Cobbs as Devaney, Ralph Waite as Herb Farmer, Tomas Arana as Portman, Michele Lamar Richards as Nicki, Dumb and Dumber's Mike Starr as Tony, Christopher Birt as Henry, Terminator 2's DeVaughn Nixon as Fletcher, Home Alone's Gerry Bamman as Ray Court, Batman's Robert Wuhl as Oscar Host, Debbie Reynolds and Deep Impact's Richard Schiff as Skip Thomas. Costner isn't completely believable, and as for Houston, while her singing is fantastic, her acting is lacking a lot of flare, and it is ironic that she was nominated a Razzie, and that in the film her character wins an Oscar. It just isn't my cup of tea for a thriller or love story, I found myself wondering why do so many people, particularly women, like this mediocre schmaltz, it is as the critics say (not very, in my opinion) entertaining baloney. It was nominated the Oscars for Best Song for "I Have Nothing", and Best Song for "Run to You", and it was nominated the Razzies for Worst Original Song for "Queen of The Night" (it's not that bad), Worst Screenplay and Worst Picture. "I Will Always Love You" was number 65 on 100 Years, 100 Songs, it was number 33 on The 100 Greatest Number One Singles, but also number 51 on The 100 Worst Pop Records, why? Okay!

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not bad

Author: Peter Terry from East Coast U.S.A
2 January 1999

This movie is pretty good, even though Kevin Costner acts like he can't talk throughout most of the film.

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Jarring Jump Cuts

Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland
18 August 2004

Strange as it seems the director of THE BODYGUARD is a former BBC director called Mick Jackson who made the nuclear holocaust docudrama THREADS . I say it`s strange because there surely can`t be a bigger contrast between a director`s two pieces of work . On one hand you have a very cheaply made kitchen sink drama dealing with a subject you pray will never happen , or if it does you`d hope to be vapourised in the opening exchange while on the other you have Hollywood blockbuster melodrama material (Though the plot has also popped up in several latter TVMs ) featuring love and songs and the occasional shoot out

There is a stylistic connection between these two Jackson directed contrasts and that`s the jump edits . I checked the credits on both THREADS and THE BODYGUARD and was very surprised to find that different editors were used in both because the editing is very similar in its jarring quality of having a scene where noise is overwhelming followed by a scene of total silence which lasts several seconds . I guess it`s the fault of the director

As for the rest of this movie I didn`t think much of it . For a romance to work on screen you need a lot of chemistry between the two romantically linked protagonists and THE BODYGUARD features the charisma free Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston , and I was certain that the film would have worked far better if the movie was produced in the mid 1970s with Steve McQueen and Diana Ross in the main roles . It wouldn`t have saved the film from its TVM type plot but at least we`d see some convincing characterisation and acting

Finally the title song is one you will either love or hate . I hate it

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