Writer: Rawson Marshall Thurber, Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen (Screenplay)
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Danielle Nicolet, Jason Bateman, Aaron Paul, Ryan Hansen
Plot: After he reconnects with an awkward pal from high school through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Hilarious Comedy
Story: Central intelligence starts as we Bob Stone an overweight school student getting embarrassed on front of the whole school while Calvin Joyner is getting all the praise and is the only one who sticks up for him. Move forward 20 years later and Calvin (Hart) works in a dead end job instead of the success he was meant to be.
When Bob (Johnson) makes contact with Calvin he turns up a changed man built like Hercules and after a night out he learns that he is in the CIA. When Agent Harris (Ryan) turns up claim Bob is a dangerous and a threat to the government. Calvin finds himself having to work with Bob to clear Bob’s name however resistant Calvin is.
Central Intelligence is a buddy comedy that gives us a new comedy powerhouse couple with Johnson and Hart. We get what is a simple crime story where the agent brings in someone from outside to solve the case does bring in the comedy throughout without having to make the crime story way to series. The story does get balanced though where we don’t get too many pointless jokes taking away from the action in the story. overall the story flows nicely and can’t help but say how enjoyable it all was.
Dwayne Johnson: Bob Stone is a former bullied high school student who has changed his life to become a CIA agent that reaches out to Calvin to help him on his latest case. Bob is skilled combat expert but also eccentric in all of his action. Dwayne nails this comedy perfectly and works with Kevin to a new level of comedy.
Kevin Hart: Calvin Joyner was voted most likely be a success in high school but now he works as an accountant but when Bob turns up in his life the excitement returns to his life once again. Calvin also has to balance his 20-year marriage with this secret mission. Kevin is great in this role showing brilliant chemistry with Dwayne.
Amy Ryan: Agent Pamela Harris is tracking down Bob and wants to use Calvin as the bait but as we continue the story we lean towards it either being her or Bob as the actual Black Badger. Amy is good in this role that lets the leads steal all of the spotlight.
Danielle Nicolet: Maggie is the wife of Calvin and the two are high school sweethearts who is trying to keep the marriage feeling fresh before they start they own family. Danielle is good in this supporting role.
Support Cast: Central Intelligence has a good supporting cast that all help with the comedy going on through the film.
Director Review: Rawson Marshall Thurber – Rawson gives us one of the comedies of the year where we see a new comedy force born in Johnson and Hart.
Action: Central Intelligence has great comedy action throughout even though most is just generic for the style of film.
Comedy: Central Intelligence has brilliant comedy between the two leads who nail nearly every single joke through the film.
Crime: Central Intelligence has a crime story that is going on in the background which help direct all the comedy and action going on.
Chemistry: Central Intelligence has brilliant chemistry between Hart and Johnson throughout.
Settings: Central Intelligence puts our characters into the locations to create the trouble they find themselves in which can be used for the comedy involved.
Suggestion: Central Intelligence is one for all the comedy fans to go and watch this year. (Watch)
Best Part: Johnson and Hart brilliant chemistry.
Worst Part: You know where the story is going.
Action Scene Of The Film: Office space.
Funniest Scene: Doctor time.
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel:
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Budget: $50 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes
Tagline: Saving the world takes a little Hart and a big Johnson
Trivia: When Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson’s characters first meet, Kevin Hart makes a reference to Dwayne looking like Hercules, Dwayne Johnson played Hercules in the film “Hercules” in 2014.
Overall: One of the best buddy comedy movies this year and one of the best in recent years.