I have been suffering from Whitney fever for the entire week. Her death made all people rediscovered her music, movies, and interviews. I tried to look for a copy of The Bodyguard. It was my earliest memories of Whitney Houston. I was probably six years old when I first watched the movie. All I could remember was she sang “I have nothing” but everything else in the movie was incomprehensible and forgettable for a six-year old.
Now, as an adult, I understand why the movie was a big hit. It reminded me of suspense novels I used to read. The suspense, the action, the romance were there. Like suspense novels, it tries to give you clues on who’s the person who want to kill the superstar Rachel Marron (Whitney Houston) but you end up surprise at the end of the movie. It was not really a love story movie with three kissing scenes, and one bed scene (which was not really a bed scene). But it was romantic in the sense that you want more of them together. You want them to end up together. I think a pinch of romance makes you want to have more. You just have to reconcile in your head that the movie should end and be like that.
I like the characters Frank Farmer and Rachel Marron. Frank seems to be a hard-to-get guy. He was snobbish, quiet, witty, and attractive. Kevin Costner was so handsome to be a bodyguard. I wonder why all these years, this is the only time I learn to appreciate the looks of Kevin Costner. I could not help but stare and study his looks. His eyes were soul-captivating. And it’s hard for me to accept that a few years from now, he’s going to be a senior citizen.
Whitney was natural in portraying the role of Rachel. Kevin Costner was right in choosing Whitney for the role. She nailed it. It could have been Barbara Streisand or any other singer but no one could have been better than her as said by Kevin Costner in an interview.
They have an interesting chemistry. And chemistry cannot be explained through colors. It’s such a pleasant sight to see mixed races. As a line from her song, “Share my life, take me for what I am, coz I’ll never change all my colors for you.”
The Bodyguard soundtrack is one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time. There’s a reason why the songs of The Bodyguard are part of our consciousness. The reason is Whitney sang them. The songs would just be ordinary songs if Whitney was not the one who sang them. She made those songs complicated to sing. I just found out that “I will always love you” is a country song, originally sung by Dolly Parton. The soundtrack brought so much influence to singers today. Songs from The Bodyguard are the popular choices in singing contests. Matthew Morrison, Glee star, was one of the fans of The Bodyguard soundtrack.
After I finished watching the movie, I was saddened by the fact that the success of the movie did not translate the success of Whitney’s personal life.
How I wish I have a bodyguard….