Today was a nice holiday for me. I had to work Labor Day weekend so going on a mini-vacation was not in the cards for us. Instead my husband and I decided to take an hour and a half drive to go see a new Hindi movie. We watch a lot of Bollywood cinema, mostly at home and streaming from Netflix, but nothing beats a trip to the theater where you can see it on the giant screen and eat samosas instead of popcorn.
This time there were no samosas. There also were no crowds waiting to see the movie. That’s usually a bad sign. One of my favorite things about going to a Hindi movie is seeing all the beautiful dressed women wearing sarees and salwar kameez, watching the husbands chase after the most adorable Indian-babies you could ever imagine. I was sad, but I wasn’t surprised. I had read the plot of the movie and also saw the trailer earlier in the week. It looked weak and boring. I didn’t want to see it. Piyush wanted to, so off we went.
Before I tell you what I really think, I have to say I love Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor (the lead actors), but I did not love this movie. I felt like there were a lot of holes in the story and Salman used the movie to show off his big muscles more than his acting skills. I couldn’t tell if they were trying to make a drama or a slapstick comedy, and I don’t think they knew exactly what they were making either (which says a lot considering the movie is a Bollywood version of a South Indian movie). The fight scenes got more and more annoying as the movie progressed, and Salman easily whooped every bad guy with not much effort. By the time intermission came I was so bored that I even contemplated leaving early! In a way I’m glad I didn’t, but that’s only after seeing the final 20 minutes of the film. The last 20 minutes were fabulous! I was surprised with the twist, I definitely didn’t see that one coming. I only wish the first 2.5 hours were on par with the ending.
I know when you go to the movies (especially Bollywood films, in my opinion) you’re supposed to just forget yourself and have fun. You’re not supposed to take it too seriously and the dance scenes are supposed to make you want to jump out of your seat and have a good time. I tried my best to keep that in mind, but Bodyguard (at least 3/4 of the film) couldn’t keep me interested.
I’d rate the movie… 2.5/4, The ending really helped to save this film. I won’t watch this movie again, but that’s okay. Even spending 3 hours watching a disappointing Bollywood movie is fun when I’m with my husband (awwww!).