It was quite an admission from Kevin Costner that anyone could have played his role in The Bodyguard. I suppose he was just protecting his lady, who was the object of everyone’s affection at a memorial service fit for a queen. It is interesting that this abysmal movie has been given so much credit in the wake of Whitney Houston’s death. About the only thing one can take away from this film is her ringing rendition of Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You, which sat at the top of the pop charts for 14 weeks, but then only if you like this type of music. For me, it was too much like reviving Unchained Melody in Ghost, but then everyone likes a good tear-jerker it seems. Both turned out to be strangely prophetic films.
It is one thing to give dear Whitney a fond farewell. She was a lovely lady and had a beautiful voice. I wish she could have grown beyond the pop R&B melodies she sang, but this is the nature of the industry. It was interesting to hear Chaka Khan lament to Piers Morgan on CNN that someone should have been watching her this past week in LA. Apparently, Chaka (a recovering alcoholic herself) had been serving as Whitney’s “big sister” and “partner,” during her recovery and felt she was still weak. But, you can’t be there all the time, like Costner was in The Bodyguard.
It has been on all week here. It is a very bad film, but next to Whitney, Costner almost resembles Deniro in his prime.
It was one of those film that begged the question, why? but I suppose that can be said of many films out of Hollywood. It is amazing to me that many persons choose to remember her this way.