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The Bodyguard (1992) – Movie Review

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Jelisa M.
Jelisa is a lover of all music, but 90's R&B has a special place in her heart. She considers the 90's a groundbreaking era for black entertainment that should be celebrated more. "Music is my love language and movies are my mistress."

Movie Review • In 1992 The Bodyguard was the second highest grossing movie in the world behind Aladdin. You have one of the biggest artist of all time & one of the biggest actors creating what we now consider one of the greatest 90’s movies. With the biggest movie soundtrack of all time to follow, The Bodyguard will always be Whitney’s top movie. 

The love story of Rachel Marron & Frank Farmer was an emotional rollercoaster. Rachel went from thinking she didn’t need him as her bodyguard to falling in love with him. They were the definition of “opposites attract” when it came to personalities. She had the personable & friendly approach, while Frank had the straight-forward no bs type of personality. I think that’s why they made sense together, her gentle attitude relaxed his uptight demeanor.

Regardless of how tough he was, she brought out the softer side of him. When they were dancing in the bar & she said “it’s okay, I’ll protect you” that probably touched him in a way he never felt before. He was so used to protecting others he never had anyone to protect him. Instead of protecting him physically, I believe she meant she would protect his heart. She got him to open up and it scared him, which is why he reacted the way he did after their little sexy time after their date. I think they had a natural chemistry on screen because their off screen friendship was genuine.

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The film showed that crazy fans are not the only ones you have to watch when becoming a big celebrity. It’s those jealous ones that are the closest to you that can be the dangerous ones. Rachel’s sister Nicki gave off jealous vibes from her first scene appearance but the audience didn’t think her actual sister would be the one that’s trying to kill her. Her sister had jealous issues on top of other mental issues, so how the movie ended for Nicki was justified. When I first watched the movie I thought it was Sy who was going after Rachel & honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if he helped Nicki with the assassination plan, but I guess we will never know.

For Whitney to not have taken acting classes, which was discouraged by Kevin & director Mick Jackson because they wanted her to be natural, I think she did pretty good for her first film. Sometimes singers aren’t always successful crossing over into the film industry, but Whitney was one of the few who gave us quality projects in film & in music. 

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