Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Best Man Holiday: Movie Review

IMDB Story line: When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited in the long-awaited sequel to The Best Man (1999). Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Morris Chestnut, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, and Regina Hall headline this upbeat comedy from writer/director Malcolm D. Lee.

Everyone is back for the sequel which is always exciting for a fan. I enjoyed this movie because I was happy to see a "Black Cinema" movie that was not a Tyler Perry Film, Church Film, or Slave/Racism film. I am frankly tired of seeing the same type of films for Black Cinema. There needs to be branching out and exploration of more topics. Okay rant done. Oh wait, the previews pissed me off because 5 out of the 6 previews fell into one of those categories. So it was nice to see Black professionals going around living their lives and dealing with regular problems. 

The movie is just as enjoyable as the original and frankly is better than the original I think. I enjoyed seeing the characters and how their lives have changed over the years. The drama is still there from the first film so you are able to see that sometimes it is hard to let go of the past until you truly are ready.

Terrance Howard really brought his "A" game and you can remember why he is a great actor when he is not being crazy. The addition of Eddie Cibrian was smooth and he interacted well with the already established cast. 

Okay the truth. You will laugh during this movie but you will find yourself crying for the last 45 minutes. I would recommend taking Advil before you go because I walked out of there with a headache. I talked to a lot of friends and everyone agrees you will cry and not stop crying until the end. The heartbreaking moments were handled well and you truly feel content when the movie is over. Also all you will hear for those 45 minutes is sniffling from everyone around you. Men are not exempt. I overall recommend this movie. I personally enjoy sci-fi/horror movies but I found myself enjoying this one. 

I guess my brother, Curtis, was correct. The movie being successful opens up the can of worms of all 90s Black Cinema making a comeback. Anyone ready for The Players Club 2: Ronnie's Revenge?

Movie News: Malcolm D. Lee's The Best Man Holiday, which reunited the cast of The Best Man, made a whopping $30 million over the weekend, and now Deadline reports that Lee is negotiating a deal with Universal Pictures to write, direct, and produce another film in the series. Though the entire cast of The Best Man agreed to return for Holiday, and at relatively low paydays given the film's $17 million budget, none of them have options for a third film, which practically guarantees major salary negotiations (this is why Marvel makes people sign nine-picture deals). Still, most of them ought to be happy to return, salary or not. *cough* Terrance Howard, *cough*

Check out the movie and let me know your thoughts!

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