In a way, Kevin Hart has gone from a very successful famous comedian to a multi-platform media mogul. Now, he’s decided to branch out and do horror movies that are sometimes funny, but designed more to show the world Hart is a good dramatic actor. It helps his co-star Wesley Snipes. So does Hart make us forget, even for a moment, that he’s a comedian?
TRUE STORY: LEARN IT OR FORGET IT?
Opening scene: A man sitting in a chair and talking right in front of the camera. “Am I surprised? Maybe I was. ”
Gist: The person in the chair is The Kid (Kevin Hart), one of the top comedians around. When he appeared on Ellen, we hear that he’s not only sold out of the arenas with his stand, but he’s also starring in a superhero franchise that just hit $1 billion at the box office. To say The Kid is flying high is an overstatement.
When The Kid travels from LA to his hometown of Philadelphia to perform, we see him sitting in first class with his manager Todd (Paul Adelstein) and bodyguard Herschel (William Catlett), mostly dealing with the white man was too focused on his comedy – one of them had the ball to repeat a n-word routine without even thinking it was wrong.
At the Four Seasons in Philly, The Kid invited his brother Carlton (Wesley Snipes) to stay in his large room – they tricked the concierge with a practical joke involving a giant sex doll – but despite the silliness, they almost immediately get into their old beef together. Carlton has drained his brother’s bountiful bank account with repeated failures, the most recent being a restaurant business that left Carlton with seven-figure debt.
At this point, The Kid is content to sever his brother, but Carlton has a strange shake on him. After his successful Philly gig, Carlton convinces Kid – the baby has only been asleep for six months – to have a drink with some of their country mates. Kid meets a group of friends and they eventually return to their room.
But in the middle of the night, Carlton breaks into Kid’s room and tells him that the girl Kid brought back died after drinking oxygen. Kid wants to call the police but Carlton doesn’t think it will be good for him, and Kid realizes that the press will have a field day with it, which will probably ruin everything he has worked to build. . Carlton offers to say that the girl was with him, but Kid knows it will come back to him eventually.
Carlton returns with a different solution: He calls Ari (Billy Zane), a gangster friend, a “cleaning” expert. Ari, who is jealous of Kid’s money and fame, cleans up the situation, but demands Kid half a million dollars – which is half a million per month, for a year, for a total of $6 million.
Kid tries to figure out how to pay that money without arousing suspicion, but something else eats into him: The fact that Ari is taking money he’s been trying to earn for years. Because he didn’t want Ari and what he knew to threaten his livelihood, as well as his relationship with his ex-fiancé and their son, he made a rash decision. shocked even Carlton.
What shows will it remind you of? In many ways, True story read as a more serious version of Flight attendant. They both start with one person waking up next to a dead person with no idea what happened, and that’s where it all goes.
Our Take: Written by Narcos veterinarian Eric Newman, True story really, really felt like it was a vehicle to show audiences that Hart could act and do something other than goofy comedies. Seems to get the job done – Hart does a great job with the material he’s given – but the show feels a bit too close to Hart’s reality, along with a plot that doesn’t sound like it’s a story at all. just a pointer jump.
The first episode starts off promising, with an unstable relationship between the Kid and Carlton instantly being established. Kid is tired of supporting his brother, not just financially, and wants to cut him off once and for all. But their relationship is so complicated that Kid is willing to throw away his sanity to stay with Carlton.
That dynamic is one that we hope to explore as we go deeper into the season, mainly because Snipes is so good as the guy who always says “I have this” but only makes it harder for both of us. more trouble. Snipes and Hart play well together, and while it seems Hart is the one who constantly complains that people want a piece of him, Snipes’ Carlton is a steadying presence, almost ironically , before Carlton’s failures in life and business.
We understand that the dead girl in the Kid’s room was the start of the horror side of the series, but her sudden arrival and death derail what looked like a promising story. promise more about sibling rivalry and jealousy. That’s right, her death brings to mind Zane, whose accidental sinister performance as violent cleaner Ari is one of the best things about the first episode. But we just felt that it was a jarring transition to thrilling mode instead of something that could have been done with a bit of story and character development ahead.
But we also got a little annoyed with Kid constantly complaining about how he worked for everything he had, but everyone kept picking on him. It seems the Kid doesn’t rely much on Hart himself; Kid emits the same inspirational messages we’ve seen from Hart on both his social media and places like his interview show. Hart to the heart. Did Newman write the Kid as a real character or was it just a flimsy cover-up for Hart to talk bad about everyone wanting a part of him?
That desire fuels the most surprising moment in the episode, which in turn drives the action to continue. But we hope that we get less whining and Hart and Snipes play together more. That’s the motivation that will create True story viewable.
Gender and Skin: None, at least in the first episode.
Farewell shot: Carlton walks into the room, sees Ari and yells at his brother, “What the hell did you do?” “I decided I didn’t want to pay six million dollars,” the exhausted Kid told him.
Sleeper Star: Tawny Newsome plays Billie, a writer for Kid who feels unappreciated and wants to accept a role in a Will Ferrell movie. She doesn’t seem to fit the plot after the dead girl shows up but she’ll probably be a factor in the end.
Most Pilot-y routes: “Being rich isn’t easy, Ari. It’s like you get that corpse out of here; Kid said. Oof. Not a great analogy.
Our call: STREAM IT, but only because Snipes plays a dynamic role like Carlton, and his chemistry with Hart is fun to watch. The rest of the True story feels produced and Hart’s role is too close to reality to separate Kid from Hart, especially as he complains about being rich and famous.
Joel Keller (@joelkeller) writes about food, entertainment, parenting, and technology, but he’s not kidding: he’s a TV junkie. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Salon, RollingStone.com, VanityFair.com, Fast Company and others.
https://decider.com/2021/11/24/true-story-netflix-review/ Stream it or skip it?