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You can see ‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ early

Dan Webster

Above: Ryan Reynolds, Salma Hayek and Samuel L. Jackson star in "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard." (Photo/Lionsgate)

Ryan Reynolds is an acquired comic taste. It just happens to be one that aligns with how I see the world – at least since 2016’s “Deadpool.”

Not so much the films before that, especially 2011’s “Green Lantern.”

But that’s why I now like the guy. He makes jokes about how bad “Green Lantern” is, among other things, and there’s something so attractive about a celebrity who is so open to self-deprecation.

I mention Reynolds because his new film, “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard,” opens wide on Wednesday. Yet if you want to get a head stars, a few “Early Access” are showing at various area theaters on Friday and Saturday.

“Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” was directed by Patrick Hughes from a script by Tom O’Connor (the same two guys responsible for 2017’s “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”), plus additional writing from Brandon Murphy and Phillip Murphy. Reynolds stars again as Michael Bryce, a professional bodyguard who this time around tries to protect Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek), wife of the hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson).

Just so you know, the critics are not being kind.

Variety’s Owen Gleiberman wrote this: “To describe the rollicking mayhem of ‘The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard’ as over-the-top would be an insult to the concept of having a top.”

The AV Club’s A.A. Dowd feels similarly: “The impression is of a creative team laughing that they're getting away with this again, like a group of bank robbers howling as they round the block in their getaway car, then circling back to nonchalantly knock off the same place again.”

David Earlich of IndieWire was slightly more positive: “It's really, really hard to work up any real hatred for a goofy action programmer in which Antonio Banderas plays a psychopathic billionaire named Aristotle Papadopolous.”

It’s clear that not everyone has the same taste in comedy. That leaves you, the public, to pick a side.

In any event, enjoy your popcorn.

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