6.5 / 10
- Kevin Hart and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson work well together.
- Script was surprisingly engaging for a comedy of this ilk, as it'll definitely keep you guessing throughout most of the film.
- Acting for the most part is decent
- Jokes were funny
- Third act felt a bit rushed
- The conclusion between Kevin and his girlfriend seemed a bit forced, and extremely rushed.
- The CGI used to make Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson fat looked fake.
You look like a black Will Smith!
"Central Intelligence" may not garner any awards next year, but it's certainly one of the better comedies in 2016. The movie follows two high school friends catching up, prior to their reunion. One of them was voted most likely to succeed, as he was the big man on campus. The other was fat Robby. A giant fat kid, who was humiliated on his final day of high school. Never to be heard from again until now.
Since I know none of you will remember their character's names anyway, I'm just going to be using their real names throughout most of this review. Besides, they always play themselves in a movie role anyway, so it's not like it matters much.
Anyway, Kevin Hart becomes an accountant for a prestigious firm, but he's been feeling somewhat inadequate lately because of how often he's passed up for promotions year after year, while his wife easily climbs the corporate office at her law firm. This depresses him, as he looks back at how everyone expected nothing but great things from him, but he feels like he hasn't accomplished anything.
However, he gets an add request on facebook by a man named Bob Stone, who turns out to be fat Robby aka Bobby Weirdick (played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson ). Due to a series of unlikely events, Kevin gets involved in a huge spy espionage mission, where it becomes next to impossible to tell who to trust. One minute, you think Dwayne isn't all he's cracked up to be, but the next minute it looks like he's telling the truth. In some ways, "Central Intelligence" reminds me of the Jim Belushi and John Ritter comedy, "Real Men."
Both movies feature a slightly neurotic straight man archetypes being pulled into an adventure, by some fast talking secret agent for the CIA. But unlike the cleverly directed "Real Men" that was chalked full of interesting character interactions and performances, "Central Intelligence" pretty much plays it straight as a run of the mill action slapstick comedy. Nothing wrong with that per se, but it's not really that memorable.
While the movie does a great job keeping you in the dark about what Dwayne's true intentions are, it still plays everything close to the chest. At the end of the day, you know everything is going to be fine. By the third act of the movie when everything is explained, you already know what's going to happen.
In fact, it's the third act of the movie that I have a huge problem with, as everything feels a bit rushed. Before I continue with this review, I should warn everyone that there will be some light spoilers in the next paragraph, so read on at your own expense.
Throughout the entire film, Kevin is having issues with his fiance, and Dwayne even breaks them up at one point in the movie, for his own agenda. But when the time comes in the third act for Kevin and his fiance to kiss and make up, Dwayne intervenes by telling her that he did it on purpose because he needed Kevin's assistance on a CIA case, and that Dwayne happens to be a CIA agent. No proof or anything of what he's saying to be true. She just blissfully accepts it. Not to mention the fact that it even introduces a love interest for Dwayne Johnson, who literally comes out of nowhere, as she's barely even referenced in prior scene before the reunion. But most of all, the third act felt a bit rushed, which makes the conclusion of the story all the less satisfying.
To make a long story short, "Central Intelligence" isn't the best comedy out there, but it's good for a few laughs. Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart work well off each other, and the movie does a great job keeping you guessing on where it's going to go sometimes, so it's worth checking out whenever it comes out on Netflix, but I wouldn't go out of my way to see it in theaters though.
Carol Morris on July 26, 2016:
Great hub. This was a fun movie, my whole family loved it.