Review: The Purest Truth – Miniseries

At the 2016 Oscars we saw presenter Chris Rock make some jokes with fellow comedian Kevin Hart. At the time, they questioned Rock for deciding to present the Oscar after that controversy of not having any black artist among the nominees in the acting category. The evening’s presenter said that if he gave up the position, it would make no difference, as there would be annual awards the same way and that all he least wanted at that moment would be to lose another job to Kevin Hart, ending with a joke claiming that not even porn stars they had made as many movies as Hart.

Coming out of Chris Rock’s mouth it was funny, but there was a lot of truth there, despite the exaggeration in the final comparison.

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Since that ceremony in early 2016 we have seen Kevin Hart involved in no fewer than twenty productions (!) in a span of just five years. All this, between films, series, special presentations at major television events, documentaries and some reality shows.

The 42-year-old comedian has become a major event in the Hollywood industry. The growth was so much that Hart, now, could start to decide and better select some projects that arrive at his desk.

In this year that draws to a close, we’ve already had a taste of a new chapter in his career. Also in the first semester, we had the release of the feature film Paternity, which showed Hart trying to step into new territory: drama.

Despite not having been as successful among critics or audiences, it’s fair to say that the actor/comedian showed feedback for the new role. Now, he repeats the same proposal as his last work, trying to dig even deeper into the drama/suspense The Purest Truth, a new series from an original production by Netflix, which takes us into a disastrous night between the Kid (Kevin Hart) and his brother Carlton (Wesley Snipes), where the famous comedian sees his life turned upside down, at the risk of losing everything he gained during the afterlife of a young woman in a hotel room.

Judging exclusively by the premise of the series A Mais Pura Verdade, we can say that there is something promising there, at least in terms of entertainment, of course.

Suspense plots usually involve and bind the audience in a way that they feel complicit in what they watch in some successful and rare moments. But to make this happen, it is essential that they know how to set up a mystery scenario so that the Netflix subscriber feels “compelled” to witness the events that unfold, but embarrass the realities of the highlighted characters.

Sadly, The Purest Truth misses the chance to put this into practice even in the first of seven chapters of this miniseries. In ‘Chapter 1: The King of Comedy’ we notice something very out of the ordinary in the key scene where they find a dead girl lying on her stomach in bed. Probably the most connected platform subscriber will catch something stinking in the air there.

Creator Eric Newman has already dropped the ball in the introduction of this story that will get more and more convoluted until the final episode. But the question that should be asked is – “What’s the point of deceiving the viewer using ‘plot-twists’ if you’ve already recognized what the big problem was at the beginning?”

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Of course, this being a dramatic script as well, there is something to be developed through the duo of protagonists of The Purest Truth, but again Newman makes the same mistake, because in the final minutes of the same episode mentioned, we will have another death that will deliver what they are. the narrative intentions of the material.

They tried something slightly close to David Cronenberg’s cinema, but ended up slipping into some choices that dissolve any argument about the violence aroused in a man who finds himself pressed for success.

If Eric Newman didn’t do his part, he was lucky to have a pair of actors who delivered commendable performances. Protagonist Kevin Hart continues to show evolution in this transition from comedy to drama, while Wesley Snipes proves once again to be possessed of surprising abilities, which imprint energy and nuance in equal measure with enormous naturalness.

Speaking specifically of Wesley Snipes, who for a long time was seen only as an actor in action genre productions such as Daredevil (1993), US Marshals – Os Federais (1998), Os Mercenários 3 (2014), as well as being the interpreter from the title character in the Blade trilogy, based on the Marvel comic book superhero.

It is for him that we are more easily involved in the narrative of The Pure Truth, since we witness a figure capable of encompassing certain elements, but only exhibits fragments of these, establishing a magnetism of attraction and leaving room for curiosity to emerge.

His work here is as lofty as that featured in Craig Brewer’s My Name is Dolemite (2019). Hollywood is good to keep an eye on Snipes, as he is so much more than meets the eye.

When we get to ‘Chapter 7: Like Cain and Abel’, we already know which territory we are in, even because they baptized the episode using the biblical figures known as the brothers, sons of Adam and Eve.

If you know the story narrated in the book of Genesis, you already know what lies ahead. Still, Eric Newman managed not to follow the rules as expected, trying another proposal through the final episode of the miniseries The Purest Truth. However, despite the surprise in the latest plot twist: it wasn’t enough to save the Netflix production.

The delivery of a tray compromised the possibilities of good entertainment too much. Too bad, of course. It remains comforting to imagine what Kevin Hart’s next filmic adventure will be and if he will continue on this path of trying something different and deeper from now on.

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