Kevin Hart stays near his consolation zone in a single respect in “True Story” – taking part in a rich and well-known comic – whereas stretching in one other, in a darkish drama of cascading stakes and penalties. Additionally producing the Netflix restricted collection with “Narcos'” Eric Newman, Hart delivers a crisp and compelling drama that, at seven episodes, avoids the error of prolonging the act past its weight.
The collection notably follows one other dramatic function by Hart for Netflix, the film “Fatherhood,” a a lot softer train.
Right here, he performs Child, who involves play in his hometown of Philadelphia, the place an evening out together with his support-hungry brother Carlton (Wesley Snipes) triggers a significant disaster, forcing him to interact his brother’s assist to scrub up the mess, whereas being drawn into the orbit of some very, very dangerous individuals.
Child can also be juggling high-profile film roles, however his off-screen efficiency to seem cool and picked up beneath these attempting circumstances is slightly hit-miss, together with his agitated conduct unsettling his supervisor (Paul Adelstein) and inflicting friction amongst these round him .
A lot of the kick in “True Story” includes seeing the world by means of Hart’s eyes, or at the very least the equal of them, as somebody who’s beneath fixed scrutiny however receives loads of advantages, all whereas coping with adoring followers, one in all whom (properly performed by “Sons of Anarchy’s” Theo Rossi) figures prominently within the plot.But “True Story” largely works as a pass-the-popcorn affair, the place every obvious escape from the hangman’s noose yields an surprising twist that drags the comic additional into this nightmare, threatening the profession he has struggled to construct, and revealing how far he’ll go to guard that.
Certainly, if Child appears miscast for this world of true crime, as he says at one level relating to his stardom, “They do not know what I did to get right here.”
The story additionally zeroes in on the strain between the 2 brothers, with Child having bailed Carlton out previously, however now extra vulnerable to depend on him beneath these extraordinary circumstances. “I acquired this,” Carlton reassures him.
Streaming has change into a super platform for stars like Hart to discover different artistic avenues with out having to stress about opening-weekend considerations.
“True Story” achieves a fragile stability, offering a kind-of glimpse behind the central character’s (and by extension Hart’s) velvet-roped existence whereas taking by itself life as a stable thriller that tells a good, self-contained story.
Whereas no person would need one other season of that – in any case, how unfortunate may one man be? – it’s the type of polished manufacturing that as Hart spreads his dramatic wings makes you wanting to see what he’ll do for an encore.
“True Story” premieres Nov. 24 on Netflix.