Central Intelligence - 2 Stars
Mildly entertaining comedy relies heavily on the rapport between The Rock and Kevin Hart.
After he reunites with an old pal (Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson) through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant (Kevin Hart) is lured into the world of international espionage.
This is purely lowest common denominator humour, there’s nothing “intelligent” at all within any grasp of this film. Nonetheless it is still an enjoyable night out. The Rock and Hart have a superb comedy rapport, with exquisite timing. This makes even the weakest jokes slightly funnier. It was interesting that the audience at the premiere took a while to begin laughing, but once the film was about 20 minutes in the laughs flowed. With the most predictable plot of any spy movie in history don’t expect a clever set-up. It features big explosions, ludicrous fight scenes, funny dancing, horrible “fattening” CGI and great cameos (Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy) - a enjoyable cocktail of cinematic ingredients.
Overall this film is a “leave your brain at the door” and have a laugh kind of movie. Not the best comedy, but much funnier than I expected.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay Screening courtesy of Universal Entertainment