I’ve loved all things entertainment for as long as I can remember. When discussing column ideas with my partner in crime, Juanita Lagrone, I jumped at the opportunity to do a review column for movies and shows.
When looking for something to watch to review, I settled on “Central Intelligence” because it meets rated G films like “Finding Dory” and rated R flicks in the middle. No one would want to bring their kid to a scary movie that will keep them up all night, and not every parent likes to sit through a two-hour movie about a fish finding her way home. So I thought, what the heck? Let’s go with a movie starring an ex-wrestler and stand-up comedian.
Make no mistake, I did do my research on the movie before I settled on seeing it, but I was careful to avoid other reviewer’s musings in an attempt to stay fair and non-biased. I instead looked at number and percentage ratings.
I learned that Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, both movie review sites, had given the movie about a six out of 10. Forbes Magazine also reported that the movie is the biggest live-action original hit of the year, making upwards of $74 million within the first two weeks of its release.
I weighed the movie’s ratings and box office numbers with the fact that Kevin Hart, who stars opposite of Dwayne “the rock” Johnson in the movie, recently won a Teen Choice Award for his role in the film. That and the laughable difference between Hart’s 5-foot-4 frame and Johnson’s huge, muscle-packed stature.
The movie follows Calvin Joyner (Hart), an accountant who realizes the night before his high school reunion that he has nothing to prove that he is successful, happy and leading a fulfilled life. In high school, he was heralded as “Most Likely to Succeed” and took up most of the room in his high school’s trophy cases.
He is reunited with a high school acquaintance named Bob Stone (Johnson) who was once the laughing stock of his high school after being brutally bullied by some of his classmates in front of the entire senior class. Their brief reunion turns into a manhunt. Central Intelligence visits Joyner and tells him his pal is wanted for treason, but Stone convinces Joyner to help him find information buried in financial records. Officers with Central Intelligence tell Joyner that Stone is trying to sell classified information to terrorists and even killed his old partner. So is Stone really the lovable and goofy C.I. agent just trying to clear his name, or is he a traitor looking to take down anyone in his path?
Nah, I won’t give it away. You’ll just have to see it for yourself.
I liked the movie for the most part. I know that Johnson has been in his fair share of comedies, but something about his character in this movie was a bit too much. Some may enjoy the overly-goofy character as it breaks the stereotype of how law officers carry themselves. But for me, Johnson spouted out just a few too many cheesy one-liners.
I also noticed that there were a lot of sexual references in the movie. I was surprised at that because the movie was given a pretty family-friendly rating. You would think there would be less sex talk in a movie approved for 13-year-olds. But hey, times are a-changing.
The action in the movie was amazing. Johnson and Hart really had great chemistry and it was easy to see that both really adapted to their characters and to each other.
I would recommend this movie for teenagers and adults, but maybe leave the kids at home. The language wasn’t really that bad, but as mentioned before, the sex talk was a little more gratuitous than I thought it would be.
Gabrielle Isaac can be reached at 910-816-1989 or on Twitte @news_gabbie.