Kevin Hart: What Now? Review

Kevin Hart has taken his newest comedy routine to the big screen in Kevin Hart: What Now?.

This film consists mostly of the stand up act Kevin Hart did at a sold out football stadium, part of his new comedy tour. His jokes vary in all kinds of topics like his kids, wife, and gangster raccoons outside his window. However the film starts by portraying Kevin as a James Bond type spy, on some kind of mission before the comedy show starts. He has to play a round of poker, as well as kill a room full of villainous spies.

I thought this opening was a very clever idea, and it was executed in a way that Kevin Hart fans will love. The scene also involves a few other popular actors, Don Cheadle and Halle Berry, who play themselves.

There isn’t much for me to say about the movie other than it is a stand up act. The scenes that weren’t of Kevin on stage were all shot well, and the fourth wall breaks during those moments were fantastic. For example, at one point Kevin can understand a man speaking Russian because he read the subtitles at the bottom of the screen, which are of course only intended for the audience. It was ingeniously comical.

As far as camera work goes, the worst was the stand up act itself. It felt like the camera was cutting too often and for no reason. We were given reactions from the audience perhaps a few too many times. In normal stand up shows, the audience is shown every once and a while, not every twenty seconds. I don’t really care how funny the audience thinks Kevin Hart is. Its not doing anything to make the show funnier (or help the movie, for that matter), so stop giving close ups of random people. I’ve seen better camera work for second rate comedians on YouTube than I did for Kevin Hart: What Now?.

Those that will  like this movie will be fans of Kevin Hart’s stand up. If you are a person who thinks Kevin Hart is funny, you’ll like this movie. If you don’t think Kevin Hart is funny, the movie will suck. Plain and simple.

I personally think his comedy style is okay, therefore I thought the film was okay. I laughed sometimes, and other times I just kind of stared at the screen with a blank expression. I just don’t connect with his jokes as other people do, which really hindered my enjoyment. The opening scene was clever, but again I really didn’t find it that funny other than a few select moments.

So if you like Kevin Hart and think he’s hilarious, give this movie a shot. I’m sure you’ll get a kick out of it.

Zachary Flint

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