Published on November 22nd, 2013 | by thevyne1
Vyne Movie Review: ‘The Best Man: Holiday’
$17 million dollars up front and $30 million dollars later, the much anticipated film, The Best Man: Holiday, toppled box office expectations (of some! we knew it would be a hit!) and won our hearts….hook, line and sinker.
When I first heard that Director Malcom D. Lee was coming out with a sequel to the cult classic The Best Man, I was skeptical. Skeptical because I can still remember every element of the first installment and it was a story told so relevantly, so wonderfully and wrapped up so perfectly that I couldn’t imagine how he could possibly revisit these characters with a sequel….and do it justice! Well, he revisited these characters all right and justice was more than done!
Sitting among the rows of women (and men) watching the opening photo montage and video flash backs to the first Best Man was like a walk down memory lane. It revved up an already excited audience to see what everyone had “been up to” in the past 15 years. What struck me was how well developed everyone’s storyline was. I think every woman in the theater could again see herself in some way, shape or form in all of these dynamic female leads. From the corporate career woman to the entrepreneur to the stay at home mom and the over the top success, the array of life circumstances on the screen sent the not so subtle message that for women of color, the possibilities are vast, ranging and diverse.
And speaking of ranges, this time around, we were treated to a serious range and depth of emotions. Who didn’t feel the “hot flash” when Brian (Eddie Cibrian) came to see Jordan (Nia Long) in her office? Who didn’t feel the empathy when Harper (Taye Diggs) discovered Mia (Monica Calhoun) on the floor coughing? Who didn’t feel the love when Lance (Morris Chestnut) came running home to Mia? Who didn’t feel the anger that propelled Shelby (Melissa DeSousa) and Candace (Regina Hall) into a knock- down-drag out? Who didn’t adore seeing Robyn (Sanaa Lathan) give birth? I cried, I laughed, I cried some more! What really got me was seeing these strong, good looking, charismatic, talented (did I say good looking?) men breakout into the ugly cry!! I seriously lost it when Harper broke down to ask Quentin (Terrance Howard) for help and again when Harper had to hold Lance during that grippingly emotional scene (trying not to do too many spoilers here!).
All in all, it was a much needed breath of fresh air to see a film with so much heart, so much depth and so much talent being masterfully led by an incredible cast of actors. And yes the cast was predominantly black…and yes I enjoyed seeing myself on screen but to be clear (I’m looking at you USA Today) this film was not “race themed”. It was the romantic comedy genre at its best. A beautiful movie about friendship, forgiveness, love and life. Go see it!!