So after watching Insidious along with TV shows The Following and Cult, I figured I needed something much much lighter for today. Insert a one delightful British comedy about and career hitman and the thief he’s supposed to kill but somehow can’t.
Victor Maynard (Bill Nighy) is the hitman. Following in his father’s footsteps, his life is pretty much centered on killing people for money. His life outside of that consists of visiting his overbearing mother who while extremely proud of his career is wanting grandchildren, and spending a great amount of time along in the family home.
One day he’s hired to kill Rose (Emily Blunt) who swindled a very powerful man out of almost a million dollars by switching a real painting with a forgery. She’s much slipperier than any other mark he’s had. Watching her slip his clutches and anyone else’s (she’s constantly stealing), he becomes enamored with her. After taking out a rival assassin who had been hired when he didn’t complete the job in a timely fashion, she hires him to protect her. Of course she doesn’t know that he’s been hired to kill her.
How he doesn’t kill her in the first half of the movie is beyond me. They go together like fire and gasoline. She’s comes across as a spoiled brat that can be told nothing. He’s very precise, reserved, and generally goes around like there is a huge stick up his butt.
Of course they both start to have an effect on each other and both become a lot more likable.
They have a great cast of supporting characters as well including his sick but definitely not dead mother Louisa, a rival hit man Hector Dixon (Martin Freeman) and Tony (Rupert Grint), who through happenstance is being dragged along this adventure for being in the wrong place at the right time.
Most of the humor is not laugh out loud funny but it’s still a pretty solid movie, once you get past wanting to kill Rose.