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The Bodyguard Review


A soundtrack in search of a story, The Bodyguard will entertain you for sure, but you needn't keep your eyes open to enjoy the show. The movie does a great job of capturing Whitney Houston at her absolute musical peak (a peak it seems she'll never reach again), but the by-the-numbers damsel-in-distress plot seems an afterthought.

Houston doesn't have to stretch too far to play Rachel Marron, a bitchy diva surrounded by luxury and sycophants who finds her path to the pinnacle of musical and cinematic stardom blocked by a particularly nasty anonymous stalker who has made an increasingly scary series of threats. Enter Kevin Costner as Frank Farmer, an ex-Secret Service agent haunted by his failure to protect Ronald Reagan from John Hinckley's bullet. Frank signs on as a security consultant and immediately battens down the hatches, much to the displeasure of the uptight Rachel, who's used to getting things her way.

Rachel's first lesson in effective crowd control comes when she makes a midnight appearance at an overcrowded nightclub to promote her new single. Faster than you can say "Dolce and Gabbana," she's dragged into the crowd and pawed by frantic fans until Frank rescues her by wielding a fire extinguisher as a battering ram. He sweeps Rachel up in her arms, tosses her into a waiting limo, and saves her from further groping.

Sparks of love are sure to fly between Rachel and Frank, and we get the first hint of the attraction when Frank whips out his long... samurai sword and waves it in Rachel's face. How romantic! The movie speeds along from song to song and montage to montage with a false alarm here and a red herring there until we arrive at the Academy Awards ceremony, where Rachel is nominated as Best Actress. Everyone except the chronically paranoid Frank thinks the stalker threat has passed, but will this be the place where the maniac finally makes his move?

The trivia books report that the concept for The Bodyguard bounced around Hollywood for years, with Diana Ross penciled in as Rachel alongside Steve McQueen or Ryan O'Neal. Kevin Costner must have thought he had a star vehicle on his hands when he signed on as a producer and his friend Lawrence Kasdan wrote the part of Frank for him, but the movie belongs to Houston from start to finish. Two of the dozen songs she sings were Oscar nominees, and her go-for-the-gusto rendition of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" is the most memorable ballad of the '90s. The soundtrack went on to sell 37 million copies, and with good reason. Houston made hits out of "I Have Nothing," "Run to You," "I'm Every Woman," and others. As for Costner, he displays about as much personality as, well, a Secret Service agent and is lost in the glare of Houston's megawattage.

After filming wrapped, Houston married Bobby Brown and Costner started making plans for Waterworld. Sic transit gloria mundi, as they say. The Bodyguard is a one-star movie with a five-star soundtrack, and that averages out to a three, but we're knocking off half a star for Costner's especially wooden performance. You'll get the most bang for your entertainment buck by simply buying the soundtrack. A rental of the DVD is strictly optional.

The Special Edition DVD of February 1, 2005 includes commentary from Jackson, Kasdan, Costner, and Houston; on-set footage and interviews; and Houston's "I Will Always Love You" music video, which tells the entire story of the movie, samurai sword included, in three and a half minutes.



The Bodyguard

Facts and Figures

Run time: 129 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 25th November 1992

Box Office Worldwide: $410M

Budget: $25M

Distributed by: Warner Home Video

Production compaines: Warner Bros., Kasdan Pictures, Tig Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 32%
Fresh: 11 Rotten: 23

IMDB: 6.0 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Rachel Marron, as Frank Farmer, Michele Lamar Richards as Nicki Marron, as Herb Farmer, as Sy Spector, as Bill Devaney, as Greg Portman, as Tony Scipelli, Christopher Birt as Henry, as Fletcher Marron, as Herself, as Ray Court, Joe Urla as Minella, Charles Keating as Klingman, as Oscar Host, Danny Kamin as Thuringer, as Skip Thomas, as Clive Healy, as Rotary Club President, Stephen Shellen as Tom Winston

Also starring: ,

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