Kevin Hart has won over countless fans in the last decade with his mixture of I-don't-give-a-fuck bravado and self-deprecating honesty. But many reviewers are wondering if he's lost his humbleness, and as much as I love Kevin Hart, after watching the trailer for Let Me Explain, I am now wondering the same.
After watching all of Hart's comedy specials in a row, I was addicted. He balances shock-jock humor with tidbits from his personal life and comes off incredibly likeable, even when talking about extra-marital affairs (which is really really tough to pull off). There's no denying he has a sense of humor about himself — that even though he is sometimes cocky, he understands he is nowhere near perfect. However, that fine line between humorously confident and senselessly arrogant is a hard one to define, and Hart's promotion of his comedy, as well as the special itself, might just be a step over.
Firstly, he has been positively hounding his Twitter followers to go see his special. He tweets constantly, begging his fans to go see his movie:
And when he isn't doing that, he's retweeting fans' reactions to his movie. Shockingly, only positive ones. But he is doing actually it every couple seconds. And they're all pretty much the same.
Look, self-promotion is great, but pushing this hard comes off desperate. Plus, I also don't like being told what to do. Kevin's all, "Today is national go see my movie today," but in reality... it's a Wednesday. The rest of the world has jobs to do and cats to pet and pajamas to wear. Dude, I might go see your movie, but I sure as hell don't want to be told when to do so.
Then there's the movie itself. I haven't seen it, but the trailer is largely screaming fans and bursts of fire, which should immediately put us all on edge. Is this the same Kevin Hart who has joked about his diminutive stature and how his son is an idiot? I'm sure he'll get laughs one way or the other, but what's always been so attractive about Hart's work is his subtle blending of ego and self-awareness, and the trailer hasn't shown much evidence of the latter. I'll always root for Kevin Hart, but let's be honest with ourselves, the last thing we need is another ridiculously short guy with a God complex.