It's not very often that the sequel to a great film can be greater than the original. Especially when there are so many things that can be considered obstacles. A few being that it's been 15 years since the original and sequels tend to only gross a fraction of the original film.
However, 'The Best Man Holiday' has managed to overcome those two challenges, plus some.
The film had some heavy competition on opening weekend as well. It was up against Marvel Comics' "Thor," which grossed about $38 million in its second week and also played on many more screens than "Holiday." With a little less than $31 million over the three-day weekend, "Holiday" came in second place. And also of note, 'Holiday' played to an entirely different audience, which was mostly African-American females.
Written and directed by Malcolm Lee, "Holiday" managed to not only exceed expectations of Hollywood but those of moviegoers as well. Few expected the sequel to be better than the original. I gotta admit myself, in all of my days of living I have never had a movie manage to stir up so many different emotions. I think I laughed, got angry, felt warm and fuzzy inside and "almost cried." Yeah, almost. OK...I cried!
You really don't see a lot of characters such as the ones you see in this film. And what does that mean? These were almost "real" people you could actually relate with. There was also a set-up for a possible third installment. You just never know!
Lee did his homework and delivered a great project. But of course, he is not new to the art of filmmaking. Lee, is also the director of such films as 2008's "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins" and "Soul Men," 2002's "Undercover Brother" as well as the original "Best Man." He is also the cousin of legendary filmmaker Spike Lee. And dare I say, he's a better filmmaker. Yes, I said it.
Now next up is "Black Nativity," which hits theatres on Nov. 27th and stars Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese Gibson, Angela Bassett and Forrest Whitaker. Then there's "A Medea Christmas." Yeah, I know! (lol)
Judging by the trailers, they probably won't be on the level of "Best Man Holiday," however, we must still get out and support them so that we can continue to get our stories told.
If you didn't get to check out "Best Man Holiday" on opening weekend make plans to see it. We don't get films with great stories that touch us like this one very often.
Here's What's Happening:
"The Man Store is back! No, don't start making a shopping list. It's a stage play that takes place this weekend at Theatre Works 2085 Monroe.
This original stage play, written by Chandra Kamaria, is one part satire, one part comedy, and one part drama. It will explore black love from a unique perspective, challenging how black women relate to black men, while offering an enlightening approach to gaining the love that a woman desires.
"The Man Store" runs Friday through Sunday (Nov. 22-24). Tickets are $15. For more information, look up "The Man Store" on eventbrite.com!
Next week marks the official beginning of the holiday season! You know what that means, right? Yes, holiday music and lots of food! I'm actually looking forward to both...and the gifts too. Next week, we kick things off Holiday style.
I wanna say Happy Birthday to my good friend "Sparkle Brown," who turns 25 this weekend! Try to stay outta trouble now. Until then, that's what's happening!