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Review: Central Intelligence

Hey Flicker Fans let’s talk about two things: Kevin Hart. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Need I say more? Yea, I’m pretty sure I should say A LOT more. So let’s get right to it shall we? Let’s talk about last week’s comedy? Maybe. Action? Ehhh, a little here and there. Movie? Yes, yes we do have a movie here as in defined as a story or event recorded by a camera as a set of moving images and shown in a theater or on television; a motion picture.

I kid Flicker Fans…..I kid.

“Central Intelligence” written by Ike Barinholtz (actor on “The Mindy Project” and “Neighbors”), David Stassen (writer on “The Mindy Project” and soon to be “Police Academy: Next Generation” {sigh}) and Rawson Marshall Thuber (director of “We’re the Millers” and “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story”) is a comedy centralized around a sad retelling of the ugly duckling (The Rock) who turned into a massive bad ass beautiful man (yea, I said beautiful man, I’m ok with that–it’s the Rock for God’s sake) who works for the CIA and is suspected to have gone rogue and is being hunted by the very organization that he used to work for.

Kevin Hart, being the only person ever nice to our ugly duckling hero (The Rock), is forced into a scenario where he is partnered up with our hero trying to find the big bad guy who sort of “framed” our hero.

Chaos and shenanigans ensue.

Ok, let’s get right to this. I’m not going to divulge any more plot points or spoilers for this one because, well, because you don’t really need to. It’s pretty self-explanatory as to what’s going to happen with this movie when you’re watching it, and you can kind of figure out what’s going to happen–and you want it to. This movie (predictable as it was), was still fun to watch and did still have some moments of humor where you were kind of surprised as to how they got to THIS part of the story. Not to mention, the more you see Kevin and The Rock interact with each other, the more you enjoy it.

Now, the best part of the movie wasn’t necessarily Kevin Hart. Because let’s be honest, it was Kevin Hart for the most part being who Kevin Hart is in a movie. Loud, a little silly, and wild quick talking and funny. You’ve grown to expect that from him, and that’s great. I like him in the role, and I can laugh at that character–it’s funny and enjoyable, and he’s riding that train as long as he can–GO HART!!! The real comedic prize of this film goes to The Rock. He was really funny. The roles were definitely switched in this one in regards to who we’re used to seeing him play. While there were glimpses of his confident and very powerful persona that we’re used to seeing, there was also a side of his character that I don’t think anyone was expecting to see. Shy, timid, scared and impressionable. KUDOS!!! It worked, and he totally pulled off this role- this role of being a fat loser kid in high school into this changed man and recreating himself–ie the ugly duckling.

All kidding aside, I liked the movie. I think I would even take the time to buy it. Yes, that’s right Flicker Fans, I’d own this movie. I actually thought the combination of these two actors was fantastic, and they played off each other well. Kudos again to the people that saw this as being a good duo. Do we need a sequel of such a movie? Probably not, but we might get one. But, that’s a big MIGHT! Central Intelligence didn’t open well, I mean hell, they decided to go up against “Finding Dory”…..”Finding Dory!” Who in the Holy Hell decided that these two guys were big enough to go against Pixar and Disney? I guess you could say that they were hoping for spill over while the families all went to go see the kids movie. Some guys might be left out thinking, “What should I go see?” But the problem is, this was also Fathers Day weekend–not a good plan Universal and Warner Bros. Just not a good plan. But here is a plan that I CAN get behind that was presented by one of my fellow Flicker Family members, Bobby Jackson saw this movie as well, and I think liked it about as much as I did. He presented us with the option that if they were to remake any movie, why not remake “Twins” with these two in the lead roles. I’ll admit, the first time that I heard his idea about this, I wasn’t a huge fan. But the more that I thought about it, the better the idea seemed. While I think the original movie still holds up and is funny, this might be a really great idea for a re-imagining of that story. Now, since the original was made by Universal, why not pass this little idea along and see if we can’t try again with this amazing pair–maybe this time pick a date that is a little less competitive. Or, just stick around and wait to see if “Triplets” will land as a hit…..(yea, we’ll address that one when it comes out)….until then Flicker Fans, thanks for checking in.

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