This Week In Home Entertainment: Ride Along, Secret Life Of Walter Mitty And More
Ride Along Blu-rayComedian and actor Kevin Hart went from bit player to leading man over the last several months, starring in both Ride Along and About Last Night in a relatively short period of time. Itís the former that has made its way onto Blu-ray and DVD this week, telling a sort-of buddy cop story about a mysterious crime boss and cleaning up the streets of Atlanta.
Ride Along follows good-guy security guard Ben (Kevin Hart), a recent enrollee in the police academy who happens to have a gorgeous, likeable girlfriend (Tika Sumpter) and an almost brother-in-law named James (Ice Cube) who hates Benís rapid-fire dialogue and bumbling demeanor. To make matters worse, James is a detective, and he offers to bring Ben around for a ride along to show him how ill-suited he would be as a police officer. Of course, in this breezy, lesson-filled narrative, Ben has more to offer than meets the eye.
James might be a heavy hitter in the police department, but itís clear from the beginning that this is Hartís vehicle. Ice Cube is just along for the ride, willing to give Hart as many improvised moments as necessary and take a backseat as the straight man. Their relationship mostly works, providing a few funny and unusual moments in the buddy comedy canon. Itís Hart who is also impressive, playing the same fast-talking character weíre typically used to, but adding nuance to that performance as a chronic underachiever. Heís growing as an actor, and even if Ride Along isnít the best vehicle to prove it, itís still a reason to watch.
Best Special Feature:
Itís probably "Key & Cubeís Wild Ride". The featurette follows what basically amounts as a bromance between the two stars. They both bring something completely different to the table. Cube is a straight man. Heís stoic, forceful and intimidating. Hart is the exact opposite. Heís referred to as the Energizer Bunny because he never stops. The combination actually works quite well in the movie, and you can tell they realized that from the first day on set.
Other Bonus Features:
"An Explosive Ride"
"You Gonna Learn Today"
"Anatomy of the Big Blast"
"It was a Good Day: On the Set of Ride Along"
"Atlanta: The Character"
Feature Commentary with Director Tim Story
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