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Hit Man - Review (London Film Festival 2023)

All Pie is Good Pie. 4.5 / 5



Directed by Richard Linklater.

A cop working undercover as the most in-demand hitman in Houston breaks protocol in order to help a desperate woman escape her abusive boyfriend.


Getting a screwball comedy right is tough to crack and a rarity nowadays but Richard Linklater’s Hit Man revives the genre with a film that is full of charm fuelled by a magnetic lead performance.


Effortlessly funny from the moment go, every so often a film sneaks up on you and really clicks. Linklater's direction is sharp and the script (co-written with Powell) is creative and one of the funniest of the year. People talk about chemistry on screen but Glen Powell and Adria Arjona are off the charts - a single wink between them may go down in history as one of cinema's smoothest moments.


It's great that Glen Powell is given his chance to shine. As he dons many of his undercover disguises throughout the film, it gives him to play the entire spectrum of leading men, either blowing the audience away or leaving them in fits of laughter.


On one hand, I am glad that Netflix has distribution so a film this refreshing can be seen by wide audiences but equally this is an absolute blast with a crowd. I cannot encourage you enough to track down a screening or get a group of friends to experience this together. There really is something for everyone here - an utter delight and a welcome surprise.



Written by Jack Aling Read his latest reviews at: letterboxd.com/TheJackAling

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