"fun and witty in a minimalistic way. It will make you laugh, make you say “You show them!” and entertain you. I’d say that’s a pretty sweet deal"
Central Intelligence wasn’t necessarily on my radar, however, after a friend pointing it out more than once, I decided to go for it. I mean, in the end, The Rock was in it and he and Hart seemed to have quite good on screen chemistry.
I will start by saying that you should not expect a plot that will change your life. It won’t. It will not make you second guess any life decisions, nor will it aim to impress you in any way with it’s very well designed maze which would be meant to give you all sort of insight into its character. Central Intelligence is a simple story told in a fun way, spiced all along the way with a lot of action scenes and very on point jokes.
Dwayne Johnson plays Bob Stone, an overweight teen turned CIA agent after the drama he was put through during high school. Before their 10 years high school reunion he reaches out on social media to the only one who was actually kind to him in the past – Calvin Joyner, played by Kevin Hart. The former golden boy is now an accountant, which, very conveniently, is what Bob needs in order to complete his mission. After going back and forth more than once in regards to Calvin’s involvement in the operation, the two end up, against all odds, forming a team whose goal is to save the compromised U.S. spy satellite system.
What this movie excels at is the simple humour they go for, Central Intelligence is the type of film which will make you relax and enjoy the ride. One of the most freakishly timed jokes is the one about Taylor Swift, who currently has a new beau. The “You two look like Taylor Swift and whoever she is dating now.” made the whole audience burst with laughter. Another few notable ones would be “You look like a black Will Smith” or the name “Snake Gyllenhall”. Rings a bell? What makes these types of jokes so good is the fact they are not forced. There’re out there, just waiting for someone to grab them and Central Intelligence had no problem with capturing them in one film.
The humour of the situation, together with jokes, the on screen chemistry The Rock and Kevin Hart have, together with some proper action scenes will make this film a Sunday hit. Let’s be clear, when I say action scenes I’m talking about bombs, all sorts of shootings, one to one and one to multiples combat and jumping from tall buildings, landing on an inflatable monkey and stealing an Uber ordered car to escape the bullets which were still being fired at them.
Of course, you also have the emotional trauma attached to Bob’s past and the bond the two main characters end up having, but that is only a small part of this movie. What it lacks in plot, it makes up for in shootings and laughter. And sometimes that's exactly the type of film we need when we want to forget for an hour or two about the harsh reality.
Central Intelligence is fun and witty in a minimalistic way. It will make you laugh, make you say “You show them!” and entertain you. I’d say that’s a pretty sweet deal.