The Best Man Holiday

Best Man Holiday Film Poster
We’ve waited long enough. After almost 15 years, “The Best Man” (1999) crew has reunited for Christmas at the Sullivan’s in “The Best Man Holiday.”
The original cast returns starring Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun, Regina Hall and Melissa De Sousa.

The issues from the first “Best Man” sadly spill over into the sequel. Jordan (Long) finally lands a beau, but that doesn’t stop Robin (Lathan) from believing Harper is still longing for his old friend. Lance (Chestnut) still holds the anger and betrayed emotional state from Harper’s night of passion with his wife, Mia (Calhoun). And Julian (Perrineau) and bachelor-party stripper, Candy (Hall) have to withstand the onset lurking of stuck-up, Shelby (De Sousa).

So many new things surface within this sea of friends too. The element of surprise is an understatement because the Best Man Holiday does not quite hold the fairy tale story line or epic Electric Slide conclusion like the earlier version.

The Best Men of “The Best Man Holiday”
All four men did an exceptional job, especially “Boyz ‘N The Hood” star Morris Chestnut. He has not aged and must be stricken with the Benjamin Button disease because there’s no way he is pushing 45. I’m certain the power of the camera and little bit of MAC makeup might have deceived my perception but Morris Chestnut looked amazing. Since the original “Best Man,” Chestnut has not made a lasting impression with his latest movies like “Not Easily Broken” (2009), “The Perfect Holiday” (2007), and “The Game Plan” (2007), but he has returned in this movie with a youthful, sprightly look.

Terrance Howard has had a busy year! Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” and “Prisoners” were both summer box office hits and Howard played vital supporting roles in both movies. Howard’s character is true to his outspoken, wild-humored self and he raised the bar on the stirring trouble in the company of his college buddies.

I was hesitant and skeptical to see this movie. After Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married Too,” I thought there was no hope for Black directors and their sequels. “Why Did I Get Married Too” had a dry plot and a surprise ending that was not conducive to movie’s sequence of events.
“The Best Man Holiday” initially had the same feel but Director Malcolm D. Lee transformed the movie with a strong climax and it turned out to be a remarkably impressive movie. I found myself crying (‘cause y’all know I’m a softy) as some of the movie’s shocking moments hit close to home.

4 STARS: The holiday season always emerges with some wonderful movies like “Home Alone” (1990), “This Christmas” (2007), and “Elf” (2003), and you can add “The Best Man Holiday” to the list.

The wait is officially over!

A very special shout-out to all of the Movie Scene Queen peeps that came out to the advance screening of the Best Man Holiday. Thank you!!!

Win 2 Tickets for The Best Man Holiday Advance Screening

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The Movie Scene Queen has waited almost 15 years for the sequel to the Best Man. The wait is over and on November 15th the Best Man Holiday will hit theaters. The original cast returns for the holidays.

MORRIS CHESTNUT (Identity Thief), TAYE DIGGS (Baggage Claim), REGINA HALL (Scary Movie franchise), TERRENCE HOWARD (Hustle & Flow), SANAA LATHAN (Contagion), NIA LONG (Soul Food), HAROLD PERRINEAU (Zero Dark Thirty), MONICA CALHOUN (Love & Basketball) and MELISSA DE SOUSA (Miss Congeniality) 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. Throughout the years, there have been marriages, children and divorces—not to mention all the love and heartbreak that accompany a life well lived—but the group has not been able to manage a proper get-together since Lance and Mia’s wedding. But that’s all about to be remedied. When the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and passionate romances to be reignited. (courtesy of Universal Pictures)

For your chance to see the movie before the rest of the world, the rules are simple! Comment below with your favorite scene from The Best Man (1999) and your email address…and the tickets are yours!

The screening will be held on Tuesday, November 12th at AMC Waterfront 22. The screening will begin promptly at 7:30PM.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Prisoners

Prisoners

Warner Brothers Pictures has been on roll lately dropping great summer movies like “We’re the Millers” and “The Conjuring”. Not to mention the highly anticipated film “Gravity,” about Sandra Bullock trapped in outer space, will be released in early October.

Prisoners, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, Viola Davis, Maria Bello and Terrence Howard, is no different. It was the best 2 hours and 33 minutes I have spent recently. It were as if I were watching an extended episode of Dick Wolf’s Law and Order: SVU, minus Olivia Benson, of course.

When two young neighbors, Joy (Kyla Drew Simmons) and Anna (Erin Gerasimovich), go missing on Thanksgiving Day, it’s up to their parents to find them and justice. The small Pennsylvania town unites in a high-low search for the girls. Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal), who has solved all of his cases, gets stumped with a few leads as he considers everyone as a suspect. Keller Dover (Jackman) takes on a unique approach in a desperate deployment to recover both girls alive.

Terrence Howard and Viola Davis were traditional middle class parents. Despite the recent portrayal of Howard being an alleged woman beater, his character was very delicate and emotional. Filled with a lot of tears and yearning for their daughters return, they both were phenomenal and made for a beautiful couple.

Viola Davis is slowly creeping on the A-list actress radar. Physically, she’s no Halle Berry but she makes up with concrete believability, diversity and a beautiful spirit. I believe it all started with the Help. Since then, Davis has been an unstoppable force and each movie gets better than the one before.

A Strong 4 Stars: You’ll enjoy this movie as you play “Guess Who” trying to figure out who the real bad guy before the plot reveals itself. Prisoners is in theatres Septemebr 20th

Enter to win Prisoners Passes

Prisoners

When Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?

Join the Movie Scene Queen for the September 18th advance screening of Prisoners starring an-Oscar filled cast such as Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Terrance Howard. For your chance to win 2 tickets just comment below with your email address and your LEAST favorite movie of all time!

The screening will be held at AMC Loews Waterfront on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm. Winners will be notified on Friday, September 13th.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

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