Cert: 12A Runtime: 107 mins Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Danielle Nicolet, Aaron Paul and Jason Bateman
You’re like a snack-sized Denzel
The Kevin Hart cinematic conveyor belt continues! Central Intelligence seemed like a good watch since it has Dwayne Johnson in it. Probably my only reason for watching this film. So what is Central Intelligence about? At school, Bob Stone was an overweight geek who was endlessly bullied by his classmates. Now, though, he’s a top CIA agent, and about to return to his old stomping ground for a school reunion. Claiming to be on a top secret mission, Bob (Dwayne Johnson) enlists the help of Calvin (Kevin Hart), an accountant who was once the school’s most popular kid. Together the two of them find themselves caught up in a deadly world of shoot-outs, double crosses and espionage.
Central Intelligence relies mainly on the two leads. Kevin Hart plays against-type as the straight man to Johnson’s farcical antics. You’re not really sure if Johnson’s pony obsessing, geeking out to 80’s movies and all around light stalker-ish behavior is all an elaborate ruse but his gleeful acceptance of the role he’s given is downright endearing. He slips seamlessly from gawky fruitcake, to a bad mammajamma all the while teaching Calvin a few lessons about appreciating what you have and who you are along the way. One couldn’t help but wonder if the script was tinkered just a bit to give the audience more information vital to the story, the movie could have been just a skosh better. On it’s own however, Central Intelligence is a tolerable little time-waster. It provides more chuckles, stronger direction, stronger story than the competition. It gets two entertaining performances out of its charming leads and even features a few casting surprises along the way. Pound for pound, this film is the funniest currently in theatres.