‘Hitman’ Review: Richard Linklater in Light and Sexy Mode

‘Hitman’ Review: Richard Linklater in Light and Sexy Mode
‘Hitman’ Review: Richard Linklater in Light and Sexy Mode

Richard Linklater, known for his trilogy Before, here stars Glen Powell in the unpretentious comedy Hitman.

Gary Johnson (Glen Powell) is a philosophy professor. But he is also an undercover agent. His mission? Posing as a hitman in order to put people who use his services behind bars.

The gallery of characters eager to kill someone is as eclectic as it is surprising… until the day Madison Masters (Adria Arjona) asks him to kill Ray (Evan Holtzman), her abusive husband. Where the problem lies is that Gary and Maddy fall in love with each other. What follows is an adventure that is at once incredible, sexy, funny and, we must admit, cute.

The story is true, or at least enough so that the screenplay written by Richard Linklater and Glen Powell can claim to be inspired by the article Hitman signed by Skip Hollandsworth and published in 2001 in the magazine Texas Monthly.

Upon opening this Hitman, Glen Powell makes his Gary Johnson a likeable man, who excels at disguising himself and who doesn’t take himself seriously. Adria Arjona works in the same register and the couple thus formed sparks.

As in all Richard Linklater films, simplicity is deceptive. While it feels like we’re watching a romantic black comedy, the filmmaker skillfully explores the way we all take on another personality when the need arises. And this Hitman rhythmic, sunny and fun therefore proves satisfactory.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Hitman arrives on screens in the province from May 24 before being presented on the digital platform Netflix from June 7.

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