A buddy-cop film that tests The Rock’s comedy chops.

Central Intelligence
 tells the story of a mild-mannered accountant who is lured into the world of international espionage after reunited with a friend through Facebook.

I received free tickets to a preview screening of this film in central London and thought, why not. This could be a little bit of fun and it certainly was, filled with recognisable cameos that shone in a film dominated by the comedic ramblings of Kevin Hart and occasional forced comedy by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who of course was an impressive force in the action sequences that he’s so used to.

The thing about Kevin Hart films is that you know almost automatically what they’re going to be about and if you go in with any other mindset, it might not live up to expectations. Though, I think I definitely prefer Kevin Hart’s style of comedy then someone like that of Amy Schumer who relies heavily on sexual and alcoholic humour. It’s mindless fun without the excessive cringe.

Both Hart and Johnson had chemistry and it was so good to see Johnson really trying his hand at comedy – he still has far to go but he’s getting there. And it’s the comedic side that the film truly succeeds in and of course it would with the line up that it had carrying the film with it’s suspense still holding strength but could be worked on. At the heart of the film, however, there’s the theme of bullying that really elevates the film above other slapstick genre movies with a truly heartwarming speech giving by Johnson at the culmination of the film.

Though it’s often filled with jokes we might’ve heard before in a buddy-cop situation, Central Intelligence truly shows the colour of Hollywood that it so desperately needs at the moment and shows a smart comedy team much like Hart’s paring with Ice Cube for the Ride Along films.

Film-O-Meter: 7/10.


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