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409. The Bodyguard

Published March 17, 2014

Background info

Title: The Bodyguard Director: Mick Jackson Year: 1992 Run time: 2hrs 9m

“This box office blockbuster stars Academy Award-winner Kevin Costner and Grammy Award-winner Whitney Houston in a romantic suspense thriller about an ex-secret service agent-turned-professional-bodyguard, who never leaves anything up to chance, until he meets a pop superstar-turned-actress whose fabulous career takes a life threatening turn when she becomes the target of an obsessive fan.”

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2:19 - “I’m no good in a permanent position, my feet go to sleep.” 6:56 - Nice place she’s got there. But then I am always converted by a swimming pool. 14:05 - “Not on my shift.” 19:46 - Defensive driver training in a limo. Awesomeness. 26:28 - Blender always useful to stop a conversation. 26:47 - What’s wrong with a Tuesday morning brunch? Surely weekdays don’t mean anything to celebrities. 28:28 - He’s like a bodyguard Yoda or something. 28:53 - Although, I do like the tactic of answering everything with “That’s right.” 31:23 - This is a man who gives high-tech functional jewellery. Love him. 35:05 - The Showbiz Gameface always staggers me. 42:21 - Tony has some pig-headed resilience. I’d have given up after the first beating. 46:34 - How can anyone see one movie 62 times? I’m not sure I’m even halfway there with BTTF. 47:51 - “I don’t trust discipline. I know at that crucial moment I’d cop out. 55:09 - Hope that wasn’t her favourite scarf. 1:02:06 - I love that transition. From full stage performance, to piano acoustic in the bar. 1:06:15 - Don’t understand why Tony hasn’t left yet. 1:10:44 - Dude likes fighting in the kitchen. 1:14:27 - “You cross me up this time, Rachel, I swear I’ll kill you myself.” Worst bodyguard ever. 1:19:34 - A three year chess game is the polar opposite of speed sporting, 1:31:46 - I so don’t remember this bit. I remember the boat, and then the end. What is all this? 1:42:09 - “The teleprompter is straight ahead, and we pray, working perfectly.” 1:50:47 - Goooo Tony. That’s why he stuck around. 1:53:14 - “Go to commercial!” 1:57:26 - It’s sweet and all, but I wouldn’t forgive her for repeatedly calling me a maniac.

Conclusions

I’ve loved this film for a long time, although when we rewatched it this time, there was a whole section (up in the cabin) that I didn’t remember at all. Interestingly, there were things I thought happened that didn’t, and things I didn’t think happened that did.

I’m wondering if when I used to watch films, I wouldn’t be paying attention, catch only quick scenes, and fill in the rest with whatever I thought happened. Weird.

Either way, I don’t usually like romantic films at all, so there must be something about this one.

It’s always a worry when you rewatch something after a while that it won’t be as good, but thankfully this one stood up to the test. I think I like it because he’s so closed off and monosyllabic, and it’s like breaking through a brick wall.

Rating: 4/5

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