True Story TV review

Reason: During a tour stop in his hometown of Philadelphia, one of the world’s most famous comedians is forced to answer the question of how far he will go to protect what he has.

Review: Kevin Hart is an interesting performer. Like many comedians, he extends beyond just making broad comedy. From Paternity to last year’s action-oriented The Hart, and the 2017s Upside down, Hart has played as much with his image as a performer as he has done with different genres. His latest project, True story, is nowhere near anything Hart has done before and happily proves he’s more than a funny guy. True story is a dark and violent look at how being famous can turn everything around you into something very creepy. It may also be the best project in Hart’s career and a welcome showcase for Wesley Snipes, who has not had such a dramatic role in a long time.

The trailers to True story is somewhat misleading. Based on the previews, True story resembles a fairly formal crime thriller with the necessary gangsters, fidelity, and a psychological component that any number of similar thrillers have used over the years. When I saw the first episode, I quickly told myself that I knew where this story was going and the boy I was happy to make a mistake. With each subsequent episode, this series evolves into something completely unique. Where last year The Hart featured Kevin Hart, who played a fictional version of himself, True story takes that concept and twists it even further and darker. Here plays Hart Kid, a Philadelphia-born comedian who becomes a worldwide celebrity thanks to his stadium tours and major films. The Kid, who endures the paparazzi and a controversial divorce, shares many similarities with the real Hart. When his brother, Carlton (Wesley Snipes) comes into his life again, an event makes siblings get closer than ever before.

As the series progresses, the central relationship between Kid and Carlton serves as the focal point of everything that follows. Snipes does a really excellent job as the older brother who has been rescued time and time again by his superstar siblings, and he resents it. Hart, meanwhile, is doing what he can to protect the brand he has built around himself, no matter what it may mean for those in his inner circle. As Kid gets deeper into the situation he finds himself in the first episode, everything around him starts to break down. There are plenty of moments of frivolity that Hart sells here, but this is through and through a dramatic achievement. Hart is damn good as a character who becomes far more morally ambivalent than I ever thought I would look like the actor and manage to keep his own dramatically opposite Snipes.

This series also benefits from a solid supporting role, including Billy Zane as a fixer of Carlton coming in to help Kid in a sticky situation. Kids ‘inner circle also includes bodyguard Herschel (William Catlett), manager Todd (Paul Adelstein) and author Billie (Tawny Newsome), all of whom play important roles in Kids’ daily world and are threatened by Carlton’s presence. Theo Rossi is excellent as Gene, an off-kilter fan of Kid’s as well as Chris Diamantopoulos and John Ales as Greek gangsters with a connection to Carlton. Everyone here has experience with comic roles, but handles the dramatic tone True story so good.

I should not be surprised at the quality of True story as it comes from Eric Newman. Newman has primarily worked as a producer on projects such as Narcos, Bright, and Children of men but brings his writing talents to this story, which is as insightful to the world of celebrity as it is to the criminal element at stake in the story. The instruction on the seven-episode series is shared between Stephen Williams and Hanelle Culpepper, two veterans of television directors who have experience managing genre offerings such as. Watchmen, Star Trek: Picard, Lost, Westworld, and more, but highlights the performances here more than anything else. True story is not flashy filmmaking by any means, but both directors have a keen eye on capturing performance while screwing up the suspense along the way.

True story is a very unexpected surprise. I was prepared for this to be an indie darling or a decent little detective story, but it’s better compared to programs like Breaking Bad and Ozark. Both of these series show actors associated with comic roles who turned to the darker side of what they were capable of delivering captivating character pieces. True story ultimately follows some familiar beats and ends up going in directions we’ve seen before, but it’s a good showcase for Kevin Hart as well as a welcome return for Wesley Snipes. I would love to see these two actors work together again and I hope fans invest in this series. It may not be a true story, but it is very entertaining.

True story premieres November 24 on Netflix.


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