**THERE WILL BE SPOILERS**
Directed by Mick Jackson, the man behind other 90's hits Volcano and L.A Story, The Bodyguard follows Frank Farmer (Played by Kevin Costner) a private hire bodyguard hired to protect music superstar Rachel Marron (R&B Legend Whitney Houston) from a unknown stalker who has broken into her home and is sending threatening letters to her. As the two grow closer Frank is torn between his duty as protector and his new fond love for Rachel while all the while her stalker is getting more and more violent. Is this just a crazy super fan? or is there something more sinister going on?
The Bodyguard has got its far share of twists, turns and red herrings throughout its run time. It get the viewer thinking if maybe someone is working in cahoots with Rachel's, while also making it obvious that it is probably going to be something to do with the sister. When you finally get the reveal it isn't who you may think may have been behind the more violent attacks on the superstar, well for me anyway. It wasn't until Frank started to realise who it may be that I found myself thinking 'oh shit maybe it is such and such'. Is this because i'm being particularly slow to pick these things up? maybe but is that is the case then i'm happy because i found myself fully immersed in this story.
The soundtrack for the film is of course very Whitney Houston heavy, which as a Huston fan I am personally okay with. What I found odd is that the most famous song that the film is known for, I Will Always Love You, is only seen at the end of the film, and a brief moment half way when the country version was being played. The films big hit really should have been either I Have Nothing or Run To You, two of my favorite Whitney songs if i'm honest and two much stronger songs in my opinion.
Acting wise Houston did a great job more or less just playing herself, this was obviously her film and if the fact the whole film is pretty much a music video selection of her recent songs then nothing else will, but the stand out actor is obviously Kevin Costner. Costner was one of the go to actor of the 90's and The Bodyguard will go down as one of his biggest hits along side Robin Hood and Dances With Wolves. If you were to put any other duo in these roles I don't think it would have worked. I couldn't see a Toni Braxton or Mary J Blige being any bigger draws than Houston and like wise I couldn't see any other 90's actor being a better choice than Costner.
The Bodyguard is truly worthy of being classed a classic of the 90's. It is a perfect love story but an even better thriller which still holds up just as well now as it was in 1992.
This film is gets 4 stars and a C for Classic from me.