I Saw The Best Man Holiday and Here’s My Review (NO SPOILERS)
When I think of The Best Man, I remember the golden age of Black Hollywood. The 90s were awesome for diversity in entertainment (music, TV and movies). The film was part of a decade-long cluster of great coming-of-age stories that was BY US, FOR US but still relatable to everyone.
So when I heard that the story revolving around Harper (Taye Diggs), Jordan (Nia Long), Lance (Morris Chestnut), Julian (Harold Perrineau), Quentin (Terrence Howard), Robin (Sanaa Lathan), Mia (Monica Calhoun) Shelby (Melissa De Sousa) and Candy (Regina Hall) was getting dusted off, I was excited for nostalgia’s sake. But I was scared because sequels are notorious for being unable to live up to their hype and their predecessors.
After going to the advance screening of The Best Man Holiday the other night, I can say that any fear I had was dropkicked. THE FILM WAS PHENOMENAL! I wanna even go out on a limb and say it’s better than the original. Yes, I mean it. IT. WAS. SO. GOOD. What was so dope about it? A lot.
Below are some of the reasons I loved it (and no worries. There are NO spoilers).
The cast looked GOOD. It’s been 14 years since the original movie and they managed to get the whole cast back together (which is no small feat by itself). You wouldn’t think a decade and a half has gone by though judging by how everyone looks. Talk about Black that is crack-deficient. None of them have aged a bit. Nia Long looks even better now than she did back then, defying the laws of physics and science. It’s just weird.
I’d like to give a special shoutout to Morris Chestnut, who looked like God carved him out of heavenly wood. There’s a scene where he’s shirtless and I had to praise HIM for His handiwork. JUST FAHN FOR NO REASON WHATSOEVER! Also, props to the addition of eye candy and dimply dapper don Eddie Ciprian. I could just lay in his dimples. SWOON!
The chemistry was still there. Kids who were born the year the Best Man came out are now in high school. Chile… 1999 was so long ago but this cast hasn’t skipped a beat. They jumped right into the story and they still go together. I loved it. Bromances, marriages, friendships and all’at were rekindled like no time had passed.
The outfits were fierce. Whoever styled this film DID THAT! The first scene that Jordan appears in, she’s rocking a black and tan blazer with matching skirt and nude pumps. I wanted to tap on the screen and ask her where she got it from because YES! And then there’s one scene where Candy is rocking a stark white tuxedo blazer with black lapel and I basically wished I could jump THROUGH the screen to peel it off her back. Even the fellas’ #alphets were LAIDT! They had Harper in a blue polka dot oxford with cobalt sweater and I ooohed. Yes. Plus them schmedium sweaters they had Lance rocking, allowing his pectorals to make themselves visible gave me what I needed. Hey boo.
This film was hilarious. Remember when LOL actually meant “Laugh out loud?” Well I original LOLed many times during this film. Terrence Howard stole the show here. His character has been the joker so they kept that going here and I cackled a lot. Things get heavy during the film and he’s necessary comic relief. Plus, the scene below where the fellas got their New Edition on was an instant classic. SO funny!
The story had heart. I rarely cry at the movies. Very few things render my thug unable to deal but this film? Me and all my girls were in tears at one point. I’m so glad I brought a scarf because it was the best tissue ever. I WAS TRAPPED IN A GLASS CASE OF EMOTIONS, YALL!! Whooooo. My thug was just double dutching in feelings. These actors have grown and it’s so great to see. And I think this story had more heart than the original. This might be why I think it’s a better film.
Oh and the soundtrack was DOPE! I was in the theater snapping my fingers. It was just a good time.
Although I went to the screening, I’m going to buy a ticket to the movie. I know my measly $10 might not do much but I want Hollywood to understand that we want quality movies with people who look like us and with stories that we can relate to. No shade to Madea Goes to Jail on Christmas at the Family Reunion but there’s an audience that is thirsty for something other than Tyler Perry and the tales of our beaten ancestors. No shade to slavery films either, because they are SO necessary. But we need other choices too.
The Best Man Holiday was a dope film and the team behind it should be incredibly proud because they really did this right. HASHTAG THEY DID THAT! They get all the high fives.
Being in that theater and watching faces that were familiar but I don’t see enough of excited and frustrated me. There should be no reason why this type of ensemble cast with a big studio behind it be a once in a decade thing. NAWL. Can y’all have Monica Calhoun in more films? Can Regina Hall get more play (she’s also hilarious)? And please always have Morris shirtless (ALWAYS). And Harold Perrineau is so underrated (remember him on Oz?).
This is all to say that you should go see The Best Man Holiday. It’s so good and it’s worth supporting. I laughed, I cried and I even clapped a couple of times. I loved it and I’m so glad they made it happen.
The film opens in theaters this Friday, November 15 (tomorrow). Are you planning on going? Have you seen it in screenings already? In fact, when you see it, come back and tell me what you thought!
I received compensation for this post but everything I said in here is what I meant. If I didn’t like it this much, I wouldn’t say it. So as always, please know that even though it’s sponsored, ALL opinions and thoughts are my own. I won’t lie to y’all.