In Universal Pictures’ Kevin Hart: What Now?, comedic rock-star Kevin Hart follows up his 2013 hit stand-up concert movie Let Me Explain, which grossed $32 million domestically and became the third-highest live stand-up comedy movie of all time. Hart takes center stage in this groundbreaking, record-setting, sold-out performance of “What Now?”—filmed outdoors in front of 50,000 people at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field—marking the first time a comedian has ever performed to an at-capacity football stadium.
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Kevin Hart: What Now?
Mike Fonseca: Tonight I am reviewing Kevin Hart What Now? A stand up comedy concert film. I have one word for this movie…
I laughed out loud through the entire film. This is not the PG rated Hart of many of the comedies that he is famous for, so it might not be for everyone.
If you’ve seen the posters and the trailer, you might be a bit confused. Is this a concert film or a satirical spy movie? Well, it’s both. The clever thing about this concert film is the James Bond style framing sequence and opening credits. Kevin Hart wears a tuxedo, drives an Aston Martin and even has a Bond girl on his arm, Halle Berry. Don Cheadle and Ed Helms add to the fun in the spoof.
The meat of the film is Kevin Hart’s sold out show at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. One man performing in front of a crowd of 53,000. Good work if you can get it and Hart is at the top of his game.
Kevin Hart’s comedy is so good, because it comes from stories that everyone can relate to. The icing on the cake is his facial expressions. Performing stand up in a giant football stadium is definitely tougher to do for a stadium audience than in a typical comedy club.
Fortunately the place is filled with video screens and the screens behind him change to match the stories he is telling. If he is home or out with his friends, the backgrounds reflect that. Luckily, as a theater audience we have the best seat in the house watching the result of multiple cameras and some professional editing.
Some standout routines are about a very threatening raccoon, his father coming to visit and his first experience at a Starbucks. There is some great physical comedy revolving around shoulders and knee caps. If you see it, you’ll know what Im talking about.
I give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars. The production is a cut above the standard concert movie and the comedy material is solid. If you are a fan of comedy or just Kevin Hart, you are in for a good time.