Hub Cinema Reports #2

We’re back again with a couple more movies to review this month. We will be sharing our thoughts on the story lines, soundtrack, and actor portrayals of two movies; The Netflix original staring Kevin Hart, Fatherhood, and the sequel to The Hitman’s Bodyguard, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard! We try our best to avoid spoilers, but we do dive a little deeper than the basic description you’ll find on IMDb, so read ahead at your own discretion!

Fatherhood (2021)

*Fun Fact* In one scene a store called “Van Dorne Bagels” is visible. The movie is set in Boston, but this store is located in Montreal!

Ratings
  • Rated PG-13 – Some Strong Language and Suggestive Language
  • IMDb – 6.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes – 65%
  • Metacritic – 53
Tags
  • Father Daughter Relationship
  • Death/Widow
  • Fatherhood
  • Drama
  • Comedy
Streaming Platforms (Subscriptions)
  • Netflix

We all know Kevin Hart right? If you don’t you may just be living under a rock! Kevin Hart is a comedian turned actor most famously known for his parts in Ride Along 1 & 2, Night School, Central Intelligence, and the newest Jumanji movies. For the most part, his previous acting jobs have been full of comedy with one laugh quickly coming after another. However, this new drama, Fatherhood, which is based on a true story, casts Hart in a more serious role. There are still bits of his smart wit and funny attitude thrown in throughout, but ultimately the character he plays portrays a widowed father trying to find his way in life while keeping his daughter’s well-being at the forefront.

The character development in this movie seems to start off a little slow, but eventually picks up and you’ll find yourself both hating and loving the different personas that each actor depicts. Each role is portrayed exceptionally well and helps make the film that much more believable.

The soundtrack to Fatherhood isn’t one to write home about, but still features some hits that may be stored in the back of our minds somewhere. Salt-N-Pepa, PJ Morton, Sam Henshaw and Hozier are a few artists that have songs featured in this film.

Hub Report

At times this film can be both heartbreaking and heartwarming, while also finding a way to be comedically interesting. There are a few crude words here and there in this movie, but they don’t ultimately effect the storyline and they aren’t overbearing. The narrative is easy to follow and is bound to tug at your heart strings. If you enjoy a movie that will have you crying tears of both joy and sadness throughout, Fatherhood may be the right fit for you!

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021)

*Fun Fact* At least 150 cast and crew from The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017), came back to work on this sequel!

Ratings
  • Rated R – Strong Bloody Violence, Pervasive Language, Some Sexual Content
  • IMDb – 6.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes – 27%
  • Metacritic – 32
Tags
  • Buddy Comedy
  • Sequel
  • Action
  • Drama
  • Crime
  • Thriller
Currently only in theaters

Let us start out by saying, this movie is NOT for the faint at heart! The R Rating is well deserved!

Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman are all recognizable names, or faces, that have prominent roles in this film. Each one plays their character exceptionally well, which is no surprise seeing as they are all often in the Hollywood spotlight.

The general storyline of Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is that a hitman, his wife, and a bodyguard are caught in the middle of a battle between Europe and a powerful madman. They are essentially the only people who can stop the total destruction of Europe, but they do not work well together.

This general tale of adventure seems to be used fairly often in the movie industry so it can be easy to guess what happens next throughout this film. However, there are also times where it’s hard to assume what’s going on in between scenes.

As for the soundtrack that accompanies this film, the music chosen throughout is placed in the most opportune moments. Tina Turner, Lionel Ritchie, Anthony Hamilton, Rebecca Black, and The Romantics are just a few of the stand out artists from this track.

Hub Report

With a surprising role by Morgan Freeman, and comedic relationships between the characters played by Reynolds, Hayek and Jackson, this film is full of surprises and hopefully won’t disappoint. Although the storyline may seem a little old and used at times, the actors are truly what make this movie. Stay away from this film if crude language, sexual content and violence are not your cup of tea. This film is a good fit for someone who can look past the components that make it Rated R and enjoy comedic timing, standout actors, and an action packed storyline.

What are your thoughts? Will you be watching these movies anytime soon? Let us know in the comments! Don’t forget to give us suggestions for our next Hub Cinema Report as well!

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