True Story

  • 04 Dec - 10 Dec, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly

The pursuit of laughs can be mercenary; there’s a reason that standups, will say that they “killed.” Kevin Hart’s new limited series True Story, a violent scripted drama is practically glowing with anger. Before chaos breaks out, we meet the comic known as “Kid,” who’s just like the star playing him, only more so: His tour draws droves of fans, all of whom want something from him. He’s the star of a mega-successful franchise film, and he’s a cherished guest on Ellen. True Story converts the demands on a star into literal violence: After meeting a fan (Ash Santos) at a VIP party, Kid wakes up in a state of confusion and panic. Soon enough, the cost of fame is being measured in bribes as various underworld characters emerge, seeking payoffs or just revenge in the aftermath of tragedy. This show epitomises the post Breaking Bad tendency to mistake extremity for meaning. Hart, a committed but limited actor, tends to indicate Kid’s anger through screaming, replacing shades of meaning with decibels. His targets include his tormentors from the world of crime, fans who treat him with glancing disrespect and his ex and co-parent (Lauren London). It can feel as though Kid’s stressful situation – one that we eventually understand was not his fault – is an excuse to allow the character to tell off figures in his life.