Directed by Tim Story, Lesie Small
In Philadelphia, 50,000 spectators were treated to a pretty solid stand-up routine from superstar comedian Kevin Hart. The special had a little something for everyone, and is somewhere between Steve Harvey and Katt Williams. Very family-centered, with plenty of silly, anecdotal gags sprinkled throughout.
So we get a Philly-cheese steaked addition of Hart’s latest stand-up. It comes sandwich between to silly, action packed skits—where we see Hart and co-star Halle Berry (looking fantastic!) In a James Bond-styled setting. Kevin the agent, Berry his sexy partner, and even Don Cheadle makes an appearance at the standard poker playing scene. It’s a silly affair, and provides plenty of chuckles and the occasional hardy laugh.
That’s also how I felt about the meat and potatoes of this comedy special as well–it was a mostly silly affair that kept me entertained, but never brought the house down. Again, lots of observational comedy about his wife, kids, other friends and family plus insight on some of his more irrational fears.
Funny, but Kevin plays it pretty safe and there were times when the audience I was with was quiet even as Kevin delivered several predictable punchlines or drubbed up another gag from twenty minutes earlier in the routine. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it was definitely noticeable. Not sure you’ll wanna spend eleven bucks to see it–but you should see it. There is something to say about seeing people of all walks of life coming together to laugh. Hart himself astutely points out that, “If we can laugh together, we can live together”. I’ll definitely agree that comedy has a way of bringing together the masses for a night of entertainment; and Kevin Hart’s ‘What Now?’ does just that.
Check out the trailer here: