Every so often a movie comes along that is special. We don’t mean it redefines cinema, moves the needle on what can be expected from entertainment and sets a whole new cinematic paradigm. No, these special movies are even more rare than that. The Bodyguard is one of these movies.
These special, rare movies are ones that your wife or girlfriend absolutely loves, but at the same time don’t make you want to pull your own eyes out, right there in the theatre or on the couch at home, to make it stop. It keeps you engaged and entertained too. They don’t come along very often.
Unbelievably, the iconic Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner-led The Bodyguard is now 30 years old and is set for a re-release to theatres to celebrate.
Houston starred as pop icon Rachel Marron who becomes the target of an obsessive stalker sending her disturbing threats. She hires ex-secret service agent Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner) as her bodyguard, but they both get more than they bargained for as their relationship goes way beyond client and bodyguard, testing Frank’s professionalism to the limit. Meanwhile the identity of the stalker and reason for Rachel’s targeting reveals a disturbing truth.
When Warner Bros. released it was absolutely savaged by critics for its screenplay and performances of the lead actors. The film received seven nominations at the 13th Golden Raspberry Awards, including for Worst Picture, Worst Actor (for Costner) and Worst Actress (for Houston), which seems harsh.
The Bodyguard had the last laugh. The film grossed $411 million worldwide, becoming the second highest-grossing film of 1992 behind Aladdin and at the time of its release the tenth highest-grossing movie of all time.
The film’s accompanying soundtrack by Houston became the best-selling soundtrack album of all-time, with sales of over 45 million copies worldwide, and won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, while the singles I Have Nothing and Run to You received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Was this an early example of the total schism between professional critics and the movie-going public?
The special screenings will take place on November 6th & 9th with tickets going on sale on September 28th at TheBodyguard30.com.
Not so fast Outposters… before you decide you could tolerate this as a treat for that special somebody in your life, you need to know that after the screening comes a special musical compilation celebrating the legacy Whitney Houston.