I’m going to watch anything with The Rock in it.
As the younger brother of an older sister whose love of The Rock was passed down like a title belt, I’ve been a fan for over a decade or more now.
Excitement always wells whenever he’s cast in another feature (it reaching meltdown levels when he was added to the Fast franchise), so when it was announced that he would be working with Kevin Hart on a new ‘Buddy Cop’ feature?
Well where do I start!
Bullied as a teen for being overweight, Bob Stone (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) shows up to his high school reunion looking fit and muscular. While there, he finds Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart), a fast-talking accountant who misses his glory days as a popular athlete. Stone, who is now a lethal CIA agent, needs Calvin’s number skills to help him save a compromised U.S. spy satellite system where together, the former classmates encounter shootouts, espionage and double-crosses while trying to prevent worldwide chaos.
Sure there’s probably a thing known as ‘High-Brow Humor’ but I like to shoot a little lower from time to time. Central Intelligence is not here to test your intelligence, but instead sets up a feel-good story of friends reuniting and going on a bizarre adventure that involves more twists than you’d expect.
I’m of the assumption that The Rock can make any one look good, but the same goes for Kevin Hart, and this resonates in the friendship they create. Whilst the disjointed nature of Hart’s character is surely there to irk the audience, it often grounds the mania of Johnson’s character who is a bizarre mash-up of Jason Bourne and Sherman Klump. Comedic timing and value is of worth in this film, with laughs being fired off by the audience as often as The Rock’s character shoots guns.
The story is full of the intrigue in the sense that it’s something you’ve already consumed before, which may sound bad but in fact allows you to digest the talent on show. With wonderful cameos and a post-credits gag segment that I can only hope returns for other comedic features moving forward, Central Intelligence is very much a title that deserves a sequel.
It’s not here to revolutionize the screen, but it is an expert delivery of putting the right people on a script that required “a little Hart, and a big Johnson” (that brilliant marketing spin coming to fruition after you watch the film).
Central Intelligence opened with the track 'Jumpman' by Drake And Future, and that was me signed up for a fun story delivered by The Rock and Kevin Hart.