Creating a great, knock it out of the park, stand-up comedy movie is no easy task. Think about it. Over the decades of film history, there are only a few that truly stand out. There’s Eddie Murphy’s Raw and Bill Cosby’s Himself. And those Kings of Comedy come pretty close to perfection too. Kevin Hart has the esteemed honor of joining those legends with his latest live show caught on film, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain.
Hart has kind of quietly been announcing himself to the world as a stand-up comic. He has crafted comedy specials over the years, most notably Seriously Funny and Laugh at my Pain. Meanwhile, he has become a go-to comedy actor in Hollywood films as varied as Think Like a Man (where he stole the whole movie, according to our Think Like a Man review) and his small parts in Little Fockers and The Five-Year Engagement. He’s just about to break large with the leading role teased in the Ride Along trailer opposite Ice Cube.
But it is clear throughout Let Me Explain that his heart is truly most at home on a stage in front of people, making them laugh. The film chronicles his sold-out world tour that took him to places where English is not even their native tongue -- across Scandinavia and continental Europe. The film culminates with about an hour-long live show from the hallowed halls of Madison Square Garden. The most famous arena in the world is a place that is rarely filled with fans seeing live comedy. Yet, Hart sold out every seat for two nights, and after seeing the film of his show… it’s easy to see why.
Hart has a humor that is relatable. Sure, it’s adult and swear words occasionally appear throughout. But... unlike Murphy who in his stand-up prime alienated many with his vocal prowess, Hart does it with… well, heart.
We won’t be giving any of his best bits (heck, they’re all best bits) away, but an example of his brilliance is seen in the Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain trailer. He talks about a man and a woman fighting and when the fairer sex knows that they are in for a bomb of emotional proportions: When their guy says, “Are you finished?” The way that Hart goes from franticly imitating the female fighting to the male with reserved power uttering that line is simply brilliant. Comedy is all about timing and Hart has it innately and irrevocably impeccable.
Our Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain review cannot recommend the film enough if you are a fan of stand-up comedy. And even if that usually is not your bag, run, don’t walk, to the theaters to witness the announcement of a man who we think will eclipse Murphy’s fame by the time he is done.