Monday, July 4, 2016

Central Intelligence

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Central Intelligence – 4 out of 5

Basically three things made me want to go and see Central Intelligence:  1) the trailers looked funny, 2) there are some great viral marketing for it and 3) it has The Rock and Kevin Hart.  Really, what’s not to like?  Actually, nothing it seems!  Also, the film gave us this...

In 1996, Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) is the big man in his senior class.  He’s a top athlete, he’s dating the prettiest girl in school and his future looks very bright—possibly bright enough to wear shades.  Robbie Weirdicht (Dwayne Johnson) is an overweight kid who is humiliated in front of the whole school.  Cut to 20 years later and Calvin is married to his high school sweetheart but unhappy in his career and his life path.  When he suddenly gets a friend request on Facebook from a man named Bob Stone, he finds himself reunited with Robbie, who is no longer the fat outcast he once was but a buff and fun loving man.  Calvin was the only man in school who was nice to him and he wants to reconnect but it turns out that Bob is involved with the CIA and may or may not be a traitor to the country.  Now Calvin finds himself in a life or death adventure.

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The comedic team we deserve.

So, I went into Central Intelligence with the mindset that I would definitely laugh at the film but I wasn’t prepared for how hard I was going to laugh.  Overall, the film is very fun thanks to an action comedy story that harkens back to the 80s and 90s and is carried fantastically by two very entertaining dudes!  It was a little weird seeing Hart basically playing the straight man but The Rock is doing a great job as the goofball and it’s very clear that he is having the time of his life in this role.

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Fat Rock smelled what you were cooking and liked it. (Yep, that was a stupid
and very easy joke.)

Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson clearly have a great comedic chemistry going on in the film and it really makes the film go smoothly and really keeps the energy level high.  Sure, there are some jokes here and there that are kinda flat and feel like bad throwaway jokes but these moments are very rare and, for the most part, the jokes and gags are tight and had me in hysterics over and over again.  Finally, the film offers up some decent action that helps keep the humor from getting tedious.

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I'm not going to lie, I'm jealous of Kevin Hart here.  I wanna be held like a
baby by The Rock...because it's on my bucket list.

The only issues I had with the film is a minor story element that felt a tad sloppy.  A big question in the film is whether or not Bob Stone is a hero or a traitor and the film really wants you to think that this element is a tad more ambiguous than it comes off.  In its execution, it was way too obvious which side he sat on.  Additionally, there were moments when Kevin Hart had comedic scenes by himself and what followed were very uncomfortable rambling moments that felt more like filler than genuine moments of comedy.

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While a sequel would probably be unnecessary, I would definitely loved to see
more films with these two.

Ultimately, however, these complaints were very minor because the film is very funny.  Central Intelligence really delivers on a great action comedy and is led by two very talented men who clearly are having a great time together and that is really evident in every second of the film.  Finally, this movie also brings in a fun bit role for the very funny Jason Bateman and a great, great, great cameo by the extremely funny Melissa McCarthy.  All-in-all this one met and exceeded my expectations.

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