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Bougie Movie Review
was all it was marketed to be: a brilliant and sometimes painfully honest look at the fight for the right to vote which came to a head in Selma, Alabama in 1965. Martin Luther King, Jr and Coretta Scott King were played masterfully by David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo. The supporting cast was impressive and the story felt authentic. By authentic, I mean it felt like the story was being told without any obvious hidden agenda.
No spoilers but they kept it really real. No one was all saint or all villain. Everyone was human. LBJ was not painted as a benevolent savior for the colored folk and Martin Luther King's faults, fears and foibles were on display. You winced and you sympathized and you exhaled. As for the flow of the movie, the opening scene ripped your heart out and you never really got it back because you knew what laid ahead.
The dialogue and scenery made sense for the movie and even though you knew what was going to happen, you were so embedded in the moment that things still came as a surprise, or a laugh, or a disappointment or a prayer. It's a rare movie that allows for that kind of emotional investment but
is just that good.
On the other hand, I have to admit that I'm thoroughly weary of seeing black folks catch a beatdown on the big screen, in real life, just generally. Sick. Of. It. There was a couple sitting behind us that said, "Wow, that scene looked just like Ferguson from a few weeks ago." Unfortunate and true. Apparently in this country, some lessons need to be learned and learned again.
The best thing about
is that it gives a detailed almost "behind the scenes" look at one of the pivotal moments in the Civil Rights Movement. The worst thing about
is that it is a stark reminder that no matter how many strides of progress have been made, we have not overcome as yet.
I walked out of the movie conflicted. Watching the movie felt like a journey. However, when the movie ended we hadn't reached our destination yet. Much as I loved the artistry of the film, it's not one I'll watch over and over again.
Have you or will you see it? Thoughts, comments, insights? Do share...
Okay then, here we go:
1) It's for the grown & sexy set. While there are universal themes that people of all ages will easily relate to, this movie is geared for people who have real-life-sometimes-shit-happens-and-you-got-to-deal-with-it experiences. I loved that about this movie. There are "we got kids" struggles, "we've been together and now what" struggles, the "I'm a professional woman and can I actually have it all" struggles as well as "what do do when your perfect life ain't perfect" struggles and "have I fully lived up to my potential or are my best days behind me" struggles. Here. For. It. All of it.
If I may point out a few things:
- Harper (Taye Digg's character) is supposed to be the main character but you find yourself not caring so much about his angsty angst especially when he just does stupid stuff.
- Morris Chestnut has been fine for years. Years I say. God Bless that brother. His character is supposed to be a forgiving and forgetting Christian but "Lance" can't seem to do either. I would care more but damn he fine.
- Terrence Howard always plays that dude. But he truly plays it to perfection. He and Melissa DeSousa are twisted sides of the same ratchet coin.
- The soundtrack is smartly done. The duet of Marsha Ambrosius & Anthony Hamilton doing a gospel version of "As"... so much awesome.
- Eddie Ciprian is underutilized. And yummy. But there's a scene between him and Nia Long that is so damn real, my girlfriends and I were like "Wooooo." (He also makes an awesome Olivia Pope reference)
- Fellas, the ladies look good. And there's plenty of the sexy and silly for your viewing pleasure.
- If you have any love for New Edition, the scene with the gents lip-syching "Can You Stand The Rain" is priceless. Say it with me now, priceless.
Look here, just go see it. It was really awesome. I expected it to be okay. It blew past that and kept going. I'm giving it 4 suede pumps out of 5.
Come back and let me know what you think.
- Channing Tatum shirtless or sleeveless - yep, I'm visual like that
- Jamie Foxx being funny. I know he has dramatic range but I like him best when he's being smart-alecky and witty. Also, since Django - he's looking awfully comfortable with a gun in his hand, isn't he?
- Produced by Independence Day and Day After Tomorrow folks - they know how to really destroy a city and make it look desolate. Color me shallow, I like it when things go boom in a spectacular manner on the big screen.
- It's a cute premise, they aren't trying too hard. Here's the official synopsis: In Columbia Pictures’ White House Down, Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation’s government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.
- Black president kicks ass? I'm here for it.
Who's going to see it? I'm going to take a look on Saturday. If you go, report back and let me know what you think.
|Harper and the gang are coming back|
What about you?
Will you go see Best Man 2? If you could green light a sequel to one of your favorites, what would it be? Do share and feel free to tell us why in the comments. Happy Monday!
|I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.|
Thoughts, comments, questions? No spoilers in the comments, please!