Archive | November, 2013

The Best Man Holiday Delivers

18 Nov


I was surprised, yet eager when I received an invite for a preview screening of The Best Man Holiday. I was a fan of the original film The Best Man.  I must admit, I am always doubtful about sequels, as they are never as good as the original- however, The Best Man Holiday exceeded my expectations.  While most sequels fail to pick up where the original characters left off, The Best Man Holiday was a well-written representation of the characters. The film refreshed you on the original characters’ plights and picked up right where the characters left off nearly 15 years ago.

After nearly 15 years apart, Taye Diggs (television’s Private Practice), Nia Long (Soul Food), Morris Chestnut (Kick-Ass 2), Harold Perrineau (Zero Dark Thirty), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Sanaa Lathan (Love & Basketball, Contagion), Monica Calhoun (The Player’s Club, The Jacksons: An American Dream), Melissa De Sousa (Miss Congeniality) and Regina Hall (Scary Movie franchise) reprise their career-launching roles in The Best Man Holiday, the long-awaited next chapter to the film that ushered in a new era of comedy. When the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited. Malcolm D. Lee returns to write and direct this sequel to his directorial debut.  (c) Universal Pictures

As a young professional, the characters were very relatable to a demographic of someone such as myself.  There were also some surprisingly emotional moments in this film.  The Best Man Holiday overall was an emotional bundle…This film made me laugh, made me cry, and left me fully satisfied as a movie-goer.

The movie was very well-written and entertaining, so much so that I decided to support it again opening weekend, and I was in for an extra treat—I ran into Morris Chestnut, star of the film!  So for that experience, and the overall film, I give it 4 out of 5 stars.