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Central Intelligence - Movie Review

ImFrancoBosco ImFrancoBosco Okay, is there any way we can add Dwayne Johnson as a candidate for the 2016 U.S. Election? Just imagine it: President Rock. It’s got a great ring to it! Plus, he could give the patent People’s Elbow drop to our enemies! It’s settled: I’m writing his name in on the ballot. Alright, let’s get down to business.

Central Intelligence is directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart as two former high school acquaintances that come together after twenty years to team up and save the world after Rock’s character, Bob Stone, joins the C.I.A. and enlist the help of Hart’s character, Calvin Joyner, a regular everyday accountant.

If you’ve seen any promotional interviews, commercials, or trailers for this film, you know what you’re going to get. An over-the-top, loud and comical buddy-cop movie. Now admittedly, this film’s plot isn’t too impactful or memorable, but it’s the effective performances from Hart and Johnson that really makes up for it. Because genuinely, this movie is hilariously fun to watch.

Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson have such great chemistry with each other, they’re a terrific team on-screen and definitely off-screen. You really get a sense these two are having a blast working together and it’s showcased perfectly when they’re present together. From their action scenes to their dialogue, it’s all great. Can’t say enough good things about the pairing here, they’re ridiculously entertaining and amusing to witness. Fair warning though, some of their schtick can get a little repetitive, but not in any way sickening to watch.

The only real issue this film has is its plot and that fact that it’s not very important. I found myself literally forgetting what Johnson and Hart’s mission actually was, something about illegal bidding and maybe something a little too political for an outrageously loud comedy like this, yada yada yada, it’s just not important. Basically, you’re just watching to see Johnson and Hart go through the motions and for a good majority, you’re entertained. It’s this charismatic duo’s personalities that really carries this movie to the end and over the obstacles of it’s not-so-developed story.

In the end, Central Intelligence is a good, fun time to watch. I can’t praise the camaraderie between Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson enough, I think this pairing of mega stars worked very well and they helped ride this movie’s paper thin plot to the finish line. That’s why I’m going to give Central Intelligence a solid “B” on the movie grading scale.

I’ll still be pulling for The Rock to run for president in 2020, this guy is constantly doing something productive! That’s already a great quality to have in a leader. How can anyone not like this guy? It’s The Rock, come on people.

As always, thanks so much for reading and make sure to stay posted to Frank’s Takes for more reviews. Until next time, keep it 100.

– Frank

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