I'm a huge Kevin Hart fan. I eagerly awaited this movie, and as soon as it hit Redbox, I rented it and watched it.
Ultimately, it was a let-down, and confusing as well.
The first part of the movie was funny, and when Kevin pledged to "Explain" a lot of things, I was all ears.
But then the film took a bizarre and unexpected turn into megalomania which was boring and baffling (I ended up skipping it). Who was Kevin trying to impress? Obviously, not the fans watching the movie who don't care if he killed Denmark or not. We're just there for the jokes.
Finally, the Madison Square Garden performance began, but something was off. Although the stage caught fire, Kevin never did. He failed to hit his stride, but I kept waiting.
There is no doubt about it that Kevin is a genius. His physical actions and voices are usually so spot on, he's like a brilliant, one-man Shakespeare play. But very little of this sparkling genius was evident in this lackluster and "phoning-it-in" performance.
I did not even seen him go to his physical edge with his physical actions and facial expressions like he usually does; it just seemed to me he wasn't trying.
His material was half-*ssed and poorly edited. It just seemed to be a random hodge-podge of leftover standup he decided to make into a new show. He made few, if any, unique observations about life. He was mildly funny, but nowhere was his genius evident.
In addition, I did not feel he "Explained" anything he said he would at the beginning of the show. I thought there was going to be a comedic payoff for the beginning of the jokes planted at the beginning of the show. There never was. The audience was left holding the bag.
On the production side, there were tons of distracting cuts to hysterically-laughing audience members interspersed, without rhythm, throughout the show. I found myself questioning if I was watching the same show they were?
I'm not sure why, but Kevin was off on this one. But he is a true genius, so I know his next project will be classic Kevin.
I'm still a huge Kevin fan and always will be!! All right all right alllll riiiiiight!