Opening this week are THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY and THE BOOK THIEF.
The Bette Davis retrospective also begins at TIFF Cinematheque.
THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY (USA 2013) **
Directed be Malcolm D. Lee
The long waited (whether this is a good thing is yet to be debated) sequel to THE BEST MAN sees the same group of Afro Americans getting together for the Christmas holidays. Less the audience forgets that they are viewing a Christmas movie that is released a bit too early, the captions, ‘Christmas Eve, ‘Christmas Day. ‘December 28th’ are splashed on the screen, not to mention Christmas songs played throughout the soundtrack.
The story has old skeletons coming out of the closet. So serious writer/director Lee is of the subject that he brings the drama o the point of a vicious catfight in front of the children. “Mother, are you all right,” cries the daughter, which shows how ridiculous the entire the film is.
All the actors are drop dead gorgeous and hold perfect jobs and live in dream surroundings. This is the type of Hollywood movie is so far fetched from the reality that real Afro Americans are going through. But one can complain that there is n harm dreaming the good life. And to put money in the pockets of the Studio executives that have come up with this idea of a movie.
For a film about nothing, THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY stretches too long. Lee does not know when to end his film. The film include both a funeral and a childbirth and a climatic football game that occurs too early in which the hero must save the game not once but three times.
Festive films contain a few good moments. THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY contains a few, one that offers a saccharine sweet rendition of the Christmas Cantata by two tots. Other that ha, it is best that people that a holiday from this one. One hopes Tyler Perry’s Christmas Medea outing opening soon can be much better!
Best Bets of the Week:
Best Film Opening: The Book Thief
Best Film Playing: Blue Jasmine
Bes Comedy: This is The End
Best Foreign: Les Salauds (Bastards)
Best Animation: Turbo
Best Action: Ender’s Game
Best Documentary: Red Obsession