review for The Bodyguard on AllMovie

The Bodyguard (1992)
by Jason Clark review

In her first major acting role, pop singer Whitney Houston proves that she's quite an impressive chanteuse, more or less playing a version of her real-life persona in Mick Jackson's terminally ridiculous romantic drama. A silly, overheated exercise in futility, the film unwisely attempts to be a romance, a thriller, and a music-world docudrama all in one, with very poor (but often unintentionally hilarious) results. A labor of love for star/producer Kevin Costner, who is at his least charismatic here, this film was scripted by ace writer/director Lawrence Kasdan several years before as a vehicle for the late Steve McQueen. Though he receives sole credit for the screenplay, Kasdan is reportedly not a fan of the final picture, but gave Costner the blessing to go ahead and make the film. Despite its potentially damaging reviews, the film was hugely successful and created one of the top-selling pop singles of all time, Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You", which was previously recorded in 1974 by Dolly Parton and featured in the 1982 film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Deemed a lock for an Oscar win as Best Original Song that year, Houston's recording was ineligible due to its appearance in a previous film. Still, two of the other songs from the film's Grammy-winning soundtrack received nominations.