Netflix Movie Review: Fatherhood

For anyone who has read Kevin Hart’s book , I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons one cannot help but admire his talent as a stand-up comedian but more impressive is how he survived his childhood, his criminal drug addict father and starting out as a shoe salesman. What followed was many years of hardship and dues paying, to eventually becoming the highest paid stand-up comedian in the world. Success in standup comedy could just be the most difficult road in show business.

As far as acting, all of Hart’s early films were comedies with the exception of 2017’s “The Upside”, with Brian Cranston. His latest movie “Fatherhood” – available on Netflix is Hart’s most serious role and there are scenes within this film that demonstrate conclusively that Kevin Hart is a very good actor.

Fatherhood is a very serious movie about tragic circumstances that could happen to anyone including the remainder of the story about the lead character Matt, played by Hart, adapting to a new life raising his daughter as a single father. Matt constantly has to make difficult decisions that are all about the welfare his child and trying to hang onto a job and making a living. The best part of this story is that sometimes responsibility and a person’s professional career can conflict to the point where there is no perfect solution, no best answer. The supporting cast is also very impressive, including Alfre Woodard, Paul Reiser and Lil Rel Howery.

The Rotten Tomatoes ratings for this movie of only 69% are too low, my rating is more in the 80% range and I recommend Fatherhood, mainly for the surprisingly good acting of Kevin Hart and the relatable but tragic story.

Movie Review: The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

Within the first 45 minutes of the bad sequel of the bad original “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”, Ryan Reynolds is covered with another man’s blood and brains as the man is shot in the head. For the remainder of this movie, Reynolds never cleans the blood off his face. Is this supposed to be funny or entertaining to anyone? Why was a bad movie from 2017 considered to be good enough to have a sequel? The formula here is, Ryan Reynolds+Selman Hyack+Samuel L. Jackson = will make enough people go and see this film, even though this is a bad script. This formula worked 4 years ago, of course this will work again. At least this is the thinking of the producers. If this movie makes money this time around, then there will be a 3rd movie, unfortunately. Money over quality, money over paying the price to wait for a great script, that most often takes to long to create.

The is not much to report on as far as the story of this movie, other than the other two stars that promised to appear in this film are Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman. Aside from that just about all the attempts at humor also fail, as does the action scenes.

I agree with the very low 25% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and agree that this one should be missed.