Following a successful dramatic turn in Fatherhood, Kevin Hart explores the genre again in True Story, a Netflix limited series. Kid (Kevin Hart) is a successful comedian basking in the success of his latest billion-dollar hit movie. 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'll go to protect what he has after a wild night out with his older brother Carlton (Wesley Snipes).
I’ve been a Kevin Hart fan for nearly two decades, and one of the things I respect about Mr. Hart is his relationship with his brother. After reading Hart's 2018 memoir I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons and discovering more in-depth stories about his childhood, I thought this would make a good series. True Story comes from the executive producers of Nacros, so right away, you should know that the series isn't a lighthearted comedy. True Story takes Hart places that he hasn't gone before, which is a good thing as he can show some range. In fact, there’s a scene in the closing moments of the first episode that Hart earned my respect as an actor.
Wesley Snipes makes a welcome return to drama following comedic turns in Coming 2 America and Dolomite is My Name. In the role of Carlton, Snipes initially comes off as a lecherous older brother, but there are some layers to his character. Snipes and Hart play well off each other, with each man getting a chance to shine numerous times over the series seven episodes.
In supporting roles, we have Will Cartlett as Herschel, Kid's Bodyguard, and Tawny Newsome as Billie, one of Kid's writers, Lauren London as Monyca, Kid's wife, and Theo Rossi as Gene, an overzealous fan. All provided solid support and kept me invested in their characters. There are some great appearances from character actors John Ales and Billy Zane in roles vital to the series plot as well. I will advise you to go into the series blind and to avoid any spoilers. The good thing about True Story is that sans the first episode, the remaining six keep the run time under forty minutes, so True Story is a quick binge.
Add True Story to your streaming menu this holiday weekend as it features an engaging storyline and strong acting from Snipes and Hart.
Final Grade: B+
True Story is available to stream on Netflix on Wednesday November 24th