‘Kevin Hart: What Now?’ Trailer: A Stand-Up Movie With a Twist
I admire anyone who tries to bring something new to a very stale genre or format. The standup movie or special has remained basically the same for decades. The venues change, the material and comedians change, but the general aesthetics don’t; a man or woman and a microphone, a stage, a bunch of cameras, a couple of reaction shots of crowds laughing, and that’s pretty much it.
So kudos to Kevin Hart for trying some new stuff with What Now? He’s already made a couple standup films (and the last one, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, made an impressive $32 million at the box office), but this latest effort will be unique. It’s got the whole standup component (recorded at a 50,000-seat stadium in Philadelphia), but it’s also got an action movie spoof element. Blending the two together might be a tough fit, but points for at least pushing the genre into new territory.
Here’s the plot synopsis:
In Universal Pictures’ Kevin Hart: What Now?, comedic rock-star Kevin Hart follows up his 2013 hit stand-up concert movie Let Me Explain, which grossed $32 million domestically and became the third-highest live stand-up comedy movie of all time. Hart takes center stage in this groundbreaking, record-setting, sold-out performance of “What Now?”—filmed outdoors in front of 50,000 people at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field—marking the first time a comedian has ever performed to an at-capacity football stadium.
Weirdly the synopsis doesn’t even mention the film’s unusual structure. (Although the thumbnail on that YouTube video doesn’t hide it; it’s clearly inspired by one of the posters for the Brad Pitt zombie movie World War Z.) If you’re not a fan of Hart’s comedy, What Now? is probably not for you. But if you like comedians who are willing to take some chances, this should be on your radar. Kevin Hart: What Now? opens in theaters on October 14.