My daughter and I went to see Central Intelligence, and it was pretty funny. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as Kevin Hart tends to get on my nerves. However, he was pretty funny in this film. While Central Intelligence isn’t one of my favorites, it’s definitely a Decent Watch.
Central Intelligence brings the Hart and the…Rock.
Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) was the most popular kid in high school, but his adult life has left him wanting something more. He reconnects with Bob Stone (Dwayne Johnson) the night before their 20th reunion and is lured into a world of international espionage.
This movie is definitely a buddy comedy and works pretty well in that regard. Taking Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and turning him into a unicorn loving, fanny pack wearing, high school minded CIA agent was brilliant. It’s such a change in some ways from his other performances, but he still gets to fight people…you know, his comfort zone. He has a very infectious optimism in this film and clearly loves Calvin Joyner.
Kevin Hart plays small Chris Tucker in a lot of movies. He isn’t quite as spastic in Central Intelligence, but he still has the moments. He works really well with Johnson though and their interactions are usually the ones that got a laugh out of me. The best scene involves a couples counseling session. I won’t give away how they end up in that situation, but it was really funny.
I enjoyed seeing Amy Ryan, Jason Bateman, and Aaron Paul a lot. I didn’t know any of them were in the movie, but they all fit nicely into the film. Danielle Nicolet plays Maggie, Calvin’s wife. It’s my first time seeing her in anything, but she does a great job. There is another celebrity cameo that I won’t spoil, but I was shocked when it happened. It comes late in the film and follows the film’s strategy to introduce characters in high school and then give us celebrity counterparts as adults.
Jason Bateman and Aaron Paul characters feel familiar!
The film is directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber who also directed We are the Millers and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Thurber is clearly not a newcomer to comedy. The story he is showing us is a little bit common in the spy movie world. However, its buddy cop style still works and the movie is enjoyable overall.
If you’re a fan of either Dwayne Johnson or Kevin Hart then you’ll definitely love this movie. It’s one that I wouldn’t change the channel if it came on TBS or HBO or something. I don’t think it’s one I’d buy though. Still, if you’re in the mood for a comedy, there are worse choices that can be made.