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Kevin Hart: What Now? Movie Review

2.5 out of 4 stars

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Central Intelligence Movie Review

2.5 out of 4 stars

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Get Hard Doesn’t Get Humor

For the past three years I’ve written a review on about four or five Kevin Hart films, such as Ride Along or Think Like a Man, and with every review I open by talking about him. I defend his comedy, talk about his explosion into pop culture, and I mention that I think he is one of the best working comedians alive. Then I go on to say, however, his transfer from stand-up to acting hasn’t been very smooth. His movies aren’t horrible, they are just lazy and empty. They are just telling Hart to act like his stand-up routine and it’s getting old really fast. So unfortunately, this film, Get Hard from director Etan Cohen in his feature film debut, is no different.

Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell in Get Hard

Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell in Get Hard

Get Hard follows James (Will Ferrell) who after being sentenced to ten years in a maximum security, hires Darnell (Kevin Hart) to show him to survive in prison because of his fear of being beaten and raped. What James doesn’t know is that Darnell has never even been to prison. 

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Chasing Cinema – American Sniper, Blackhat, and The Wedding Ringer (139)

In this episode of ChasingCinema.com’s official podcast, Jacob Tiranno & Louie Coruzzolo talk about the world of motion picture and review American Sniper, Blackhat, and the Wedding Ringer. First, Jacob and Louie talk about the career of Kevin Hart, and then Jacob reviews The Wedding Ringer. Next, the Chasing Cinema duo discuss and review the new film from Clint Eastwood, American Sniper. Following that Jacob reviews the new Michael Mann film, Blackhat. Finally, the two briefly talk about the biggest surprises and snubs for this year Academy Award nominations. 

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The Wedding Ringer Should Be Annulled

Kevin Hart is one of the, if not the most popular comedian in Hollywood right now. However, ever since the incredible fame that his stand-ups have produced, it seems his movie choices aren’t always the best. With films like Ride Along and Think Like A Man Too, it seems Hart is staying in his comfort zone, which might be a fatal mistake. However that trend might have came to an end in the new film from director Jeremy GarelickThe Wedding Ringer.

Kevin Hart and Josh Gad in The Wedding Ringer

Kevin Hart and Josh Gad in The Wedding Ringer

The Wedding Ringer tells the story of Doug Harris (Josh Gad), who must hire groomsmen and a best man from Jimmy Callahan (Hart) and his company Best Man, Inc., for his wedding which is only days away.

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Think Like A Man Too

It was two years ago when Steve Harvey’s book adaptation, Think Like A Man was released. It was sappy, cheesy, but it had moments of comedy that made the movie bearable. However, the sequel Think Like A Man Too is still sappy, more cheesy, but it gives us nothing to laugh about. Director, Tim Story, returns to direct the sequel that tells the story of the couples going to Vegas for Candace and Michael’s wedding.

Michael Ealy and Kevin Hart in Think Like A Man Too

Michael Ealy and Kevin Hart in Think Like A Man Too

Unfortunately, Think Like A Man Too, is one big disaster. It seems the film had no intention of doing anything but delivering audiences the screen presence of Kevin Hart and the rest of the original film’s gang. I want to say the movie tried too hard to be funny or to be a raunchy Hangover rehash but it actually feels like it didn’t try at all.

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Ride Along

As 2014 brings audiences a new year of movies, there is nothing like a good ol’ buddy-cop movie to ring in the new year. Yet, sometimes film’s like this are a recipe for disaster. However, director Tim Story tells this buddy-cop movie with today’s hottest comedian in his corner, Kevin Hart. Ride Along tells the story of James Payton (Ice Cube), a hardcore Atlanta cop, taking his soon to be cop and maybe soon to be brother-in-law Ben Barber (Kevin Hart) on a ride along.

Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in Ride Along

Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in Ride Along

Ride Along, unfortunately won’t go down in the history books as a classic buddy cop movie. Hell, I would be shocked if it gets in the books at all. Don’t get me wrong, Ride Along isn’t that big of a mess, but it’s quality are few and far between. Though I found myself laughing at some of the jokes and enjoying the Ice Cube and Kevin Hart chemistry, half way through, I thought I saw this film already…This film instantly brought me back to Kevin Bray’s comedy All About The Benjamins (2002). A movie where Ice Cube played a tough, no joking bounty hunter who must work with the funny and crazy character played by Mike Epps. Ride Along doesn’t offer a much different formula or theme, but it does change one thing–its comedian. Once you replace Epps with Kevin Hart, viola a new movie to release twelve years later.

Unfortunately, we are in a generation were if something works, companies run with it. Yet, this is how things are ran into the ground. How many times have you enjoyed a song until it was on the radio so often it became annoying? The movie industry is guilty of the exact same thing. Either it be a movie franchise, a genre, or an actor. In this case, I’m afraid this is happening to the great comedian Kevin Hart. I’ve seen his comedy specials and thought they were great, actually some of the best stand up work going today. I’ve watched him in some movies and thought he brought a great comedic touch. Yet, we are now at the point were Kevin Hart is becoming very repetitive, or at least he’s being sold that way. I’m not saying Hart doesn’t have anything new to offer, but he is getting too comfortable doing the same schtick. The reason I think this bothers me so much, at least in this case, is because I think Hart is hilarious. I believe he is an extraordinary comedian, but not even that has a chance against too much repetition.

The reason I’m bringing this up is because that is what Ride Along is, plain and simple. It is a movie to get Kevin Hart fans into the theater. This movie was made for Kevin Hart fans, and his fans will get exactly what they want. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, but the movie doesn’t care to offer anything more. All they need is a trailer of Hart spewing some jokes, all of his fans are hooked and everything is else in the film is second priority. That is where it becomes a problem. Ride Along will make you laugh, but beyond that the film isn’t original or different in the least.

Ride Along isn’t a terrible movie, but it is very predictable and would be a complete bomb if it didn’t have its comedic star. Kevin Hart does make the movie somewhat enjoyable with his nonstop comedy. Yet, Hart is walking the dangerous road of being too repetitive and if it continues audiences will ride along instead of watching his next film.

2 out of 4 stars

-By Jacob R. Tiranno

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Think Like A Man

Thanks to Steve Harvey’s book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment, audiences are given this new, romantic comedy. The adaptation was directed by Tim Story, and written by Keith Merryman and David A. Newman. Think Like A Man stars Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Hart, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Gabrielle Union, Taraji P. Henson, Romany Malco, and Terrence Jenkins. The film also has appearances by Sherri Shepherd, Steve Harvey, and Chris Brown.

Our couples from Think Like A Man

 

Think Like A Man tells the story of five best friends in pursuit of the perfect relationship that fits their needs. However, the women they are pursuing, have different plans now that they have the help and advice from Steve Harvey’s book. Now, the mind games have started and both men and woman will play for exactly what they want.

 

The story is familiar and the film comes off very unoriginal, yet there is something about Think Like A Man that just seems to work enough to get audiences to laugh throughout the film. The game-changer in this film is Kevin Hart. For those who follow Kevin Hart’s standup know just how much of a comedic genius the man is, he is arguably one of the best stand up comics of today. Hart had viewers dying throughout the motion picture, and audiences would agree that this film would have been far less enjoyable without his constant commentary, and out there jokes. If you are a Kevin Hart fan, then there is no doubt you should go see this picture, even if you hate the movie, you will love the moments with Hart. Beyond the extreme help Hart gives to the picture, the movie is predictable, and really nothing special. The acting isn’t great, however some of the couples share some satisfying chemistry, while others are obviously just there to fill in time. There are many moments that remind viewers just how cheesy the film truly is, such as the “heartbroken, regretful” montage that has been in thousands of romantic comedies, that we can all imagine right now. Then the film somewhat tries to connect audiences to a child of one of the women, Duke. Tim Story gives us close ups, and attempts to connect us to Duke, however fails to honestly give him or the audience the motivation to really care, and he essentially falls in the background. In fact, the film did that a few times, starting to concentrate on something that essentially becomes useless or insignificant. Think Like A Man is a decent film that is carried by it’s comedy, throughout the film, I caught myself checking my watch, awaiting the predictable ending, yet Hart would appear on screen and bring me right back into the movie. If it wasn’t Hart it was the random references that characters would use, or the numerous, but harmless shots taken at Tyler Perry films. Chances are most of the viewers will await the film to reach DVD or TV, which this film is essentially good for. The picture is one that will eventually be forgotten or a movie that will be good to watch on late night cable. Besides that audiences know exactly what they are getting into when watching Think Like A Man.

 

I’m sure audiences will smile and laugh while watching Think Like A Man, but forget it just as quickly, the best part about the movie is only the hope that Kevin Hart will walk away with more movie roles.

 

1.5 out of 4 stars

-By Jacob R. Tiranno

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I, Frankenstein

In 1818, Mary Shelley created a monster that would haunt children’s nightmares for generations to come. She reanimated a monster, a creature that would live on in pop-culture to this very day. That monster she brought to life is Frankenstein’s monster. Frankenstein was a story that was adapted in film and television numerous times, however director Stuart Beattie brings the world a version of the story unlike any other. Beattie teamed with the creator of the graphic novel, Kevin Grevioux to bring audiences Frankenstein’s monster like they’ve never seen him. Frankenstein’s monsters or Adam (Aaron Eckhart) has lived 200 years after his reanimation and has recently discovered a war going on in the human world. Gargoyles who act like statues are really protectors of mankind as they wage war with demons. Adam has found himself involved in this war and hunted by the demons. Now, he must find out why they want him and do everything  he can to stop them.

Aaron Eckhart in I, Frankenstein

Aaron Eckhart in I, Frankenstein

All I can say is that hopefully the worst of 2014 is over because I, Frankenstein was just that–the worst. I, Frankenstein has managed to place itself right next to the train wreck from last year known as Getaway (2013). This new film is filled with bad acting, ridiculous effects, and one of the worst narrations I’ve ever heard. This movie has no purpose, no reason, no benefit, it is simply there just like the monster the film is about.

The biggest surprise of this newly adapted monster-action flick was how disappointing Aaron Eckhart was. Usually while watching Eckhart act, I enjoy his performances. He’s never blew me away with a performance but he’s always been good. However, I, Frankenstein opens up a lot of questions. His voiceover was poor and annoying, he spewed dialogue like he was reading off the back of cereal box. Not to mention, Eckhart just does not come to mind when I think of Frankenstein’s monster. Sure, it’s a new vision, but the nicely shaved, suit-wearing Eckhart can’t just hid under a trench coat and turn into a monster. His performance was dead upon arrival just like the rest of his costars that supplied nothing but reasons for viewers to doze off.

I, Frankenstein could have had some salvation if it had the power of great special effects, however, this film has the opposite. The special effects are cheesy and tasteless. They look so ridiculous as the slow-mo Eckhart into a pose over a dead demon. The action sequences are boring and repetitive. Constantly seeing the same sequence and same moves, brining nothing interesting to the table. It was all around a very frustrating movie because of the feeling it was done so carelessly. It is just a terrible, lifeless picture that the filmmakers just so effortlessly tried to breathe life into. There are truly no redeeming qualities of I, Frankenstein besides the fact it is under two hours long.

With horrific acting and terrible effects, I, Frankenstein is a complete mess and just as soulless as a dead corpse. This was one story that should have never been “reanimated”.

0.5 out of 4 stars

-By Jacob R. Tiranno

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