409. The Bodyguard

Background info

409-the-bodyguardTitle: 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.”

Live blog

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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