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The Bodyguard
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May 14, 2012 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Mich Jackson

Actors:
Kevin Costner
Whitney Houston
Bill Cobbs

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Frank Farmer is the best bodyguard in the business. But he gets more than he bargained for when he begins looking after a rising R&B star and her young son.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
There are fewer things in this world that I find more annoying than the Whitney Houston song I Will Always Love You. Sure, the late singer has an impressive set of pipes, but that song is so grating I can shred cheese to it.

Needless to say I was dreading watching THE BODYGUARD. While the final product isnt as bad as its most famous song, I definitely dont see what the fuss is all about. In fact, I was pretty shocked to find that the script comes from Lawrence Kasdan, the man responsible for the words behind movies like RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, THE BIG CHILL and many more. While this technically was his first script originating in 1976, it still doesnt represent the quality of work weve come to expect from the screenwriter. Theres plenty of drama to be mined from the story of a former secret service agent protecting a pop star from a deranged stalker, and Kasdan even tries to shoehorn in fitting parallels with some of Kurosawas great samurai epics, but the result just feels lacking.

Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston actually do have decent chemistry together, but their romance is hilariously rushed and unrealistic. One second Rachel despises him, the next shes head over heels in love and sleeping with him, then back to hating, and so forth. Because of stuff like this, the characters are just not that likeable, which drags the entire film down. Houston is fine in her first movie role, but theres no real subtlety to her performance or the wide range of emotions the role require. And while I think Kevin Costner is an underrated and unfairly maligned actor, his title character is just a joyless bore.

The story is appropriately melodramatic and executed as such by director Mick Jackson (L.A. STORY), but it too often revels in its own melodrama. Costners character is mopey and irritable the whole movie, which we find out is because he regrets not being on duty the day President Reagan was shot. Later we discover he wasnt on duty because he was at his own wifes funeral! Again, theres just no subtlety to THE BODYGUARD.
THE EXTRAS
If you need any more proof that this Blu-Ray was rushed out after Whitney Houstons death, look no further than the embarrassingly bad menu that looks like it was from a 1995 DVD.

Memories of the Bodyguard (26:43): Taken from the 2005 DVD release, Costner, Kasdan and director Jackson look back at the troubled history of the film, its ultimate production and its newbie star Whitney Houston. It also features some interviews with Houston herself, but these are clearly taken from the time of the films original theatrical release.

You also get the I Will Always Love You Music Video and a Theatrical Trailer.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
To this rushed Blu-Ray attempting to cash in on Whitneys untimely death., I have one thing to say: "Kiss my ass!"

Extra Tidbit: Kasdans original 1976 script was meant for Steve McQueen and Diana Ross. It was almost made 67 times before 1992.
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