The Bodyguard – Film Review

I thought to start reviewing classic films, so here’s my first classic film review. The Bodyguard is an action drama music film following the relationship between a pop diva and her bodyguard.

The pop diva, Rachel Marron played by Whitney Houston is beautiful, talented, stubborn and a queen in her own right. Rachel’s team hire Kevin Costner’s character Frank Farmer, a former Secret Service agent who although is an experienced professional in protecting people, has never done so for anyone in show business before. Whilst Rachel and Frank are from different walks of life and tend to butt heads a lot, they also find common ground within each other.

Kevin Costner is so wonderful in this film. With his superb acting, you really get inside his character’s head and understand why Frank does what he does. His fear of getting too close to people emotionally and professionally whilst always feeling like an outsider and alone portrays both Frank‘s strength and vulnerability. Kevin Costner plays this role so naturally and effortlessly, it makes you remember why he was one of the best actors of his era.

There are many songs in this film that actually defined Whitney Houston’s career; “I Have Nothing”, “I’m Every Woman”, “Queen of the Night”, “Run To You” and “I Will Always Love You” which is actually a cover, originally sung and written by Dolly Parton although Whitney‘s interpretation is the most popular version. Watching this film reminded me on what a brilliant and talented performer Whitney really was. It also made me wish that I saw her perform live before she passed away.

Although this movie does have romance, there is enough action and drama for it to not be classified as just a romance and I believe there is something in this movie for everyone. There is much character development in even the minor characters. The plot is so clever that it really had me attentive and fixated for the entire film, sometimes on the edge of my seat.

I can understand why The Bodyguard is a praised timeless classic. It really highlights that not only opposites do attract, but sometimes people collide with us, changing our direction. And although they can’t stay with us, we will always be grateful that they were a part of our lives. If you haven’t seen this film, you really need to. And if you have, but haven’t seen it for a while, watch it again because it really is a great film and musical masterpiece with a woman who was and will forever be – one of the greatest singers of all time.

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