Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are back for another spin in ‘Ride Along 2.’ But is their sequel as funny as the first? Here’s what the critics have to say about the new movie!
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube together is a recipe for a lot of fun, and usually a lot of laughs. The dynamic duo team up again in Ride Along 2, which hit theaters on Jan. 15. Do Kevin and Ice strike comedy gold again? The critics are weighing in on the sequel!
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As always, Hart unleashes his manic energy on the audience, but his heart doesn’t seem to be in it the way it was in the original. Maybe he’s getting tired of the shtick, too. The action, on the other hand, is impressive. In the movie’s first minutes, a car chase inside a garage uses sporadic slow motion to stylish effect. During another high-speed pursuit, the action transforms into Ben’s favorite video game; even James becomes a pixelated character. The choice is both hilarious and useful, with a sidebar that shows how fast the car is traveling and where the bad guys are. Moments like that offer some indication of what the movie might have been had if a little more thought gone into making it good rather than making it merely exist.
The actors deliver, just like in the last movie and others where they play similar roles. Cube is predictably tough and snarly, making Hart seem even more smiley and animated by contrast. He eats up the camera in every scene…Although “Ride Along 2” has fancier trim than the original, it’s really just the same old ride. But if you thought the first one was fun, taking another spin won’t disappoint.
With “Ride Along 2,” returning director Tim Story (“Barbershop”) and his writers mistakenly focus on their character dynamic as the big element to bolster, rather than topping their decent original premise with a better one. You’ll have to be satisfied with a modest assortment of energetically comic moments here, because the story sure isn’t a reason to catch this encore, and neither are who-asked-for-’em cast additions such as Ken Jeong.
Like last time, Hart’s manic energy is just enough to keep the film afloat as it plods from chase scene to stakeout to chase scene while Ice Cube scowls. The most noticeable difference between the two movies—besides a slightly higher laugh count, thanks to Hart as well as Ken Jeong as a criminal hacker—is thatRide Along 2 has the secondary mission of inventing reasons to ogle Olivia Munn, costarring as the Miami detective who comes to crime scenes straight from the gym, sweaty and still wearing her sports bra.
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