After leaving the theatre, I was silent for a moment and simply listened to all of the chatter. As people filed out of the theatre I noticed conversations about the movie between complete strangers. I noticed smiles on the faces of women and men alike. I noticed a wave of joy and happiness permeating throughout. How awesome! Awesome, because it’s something you don’t always see whether the cast is primarily black or primarily white. How refreshing.
My goal with this blog entry was not to write a review of the movie and give away plot lines. I’d rather you go see it in the theatre for yourself. The Best Man Holiday is a movie that should be seen by all people that like feel good movies. It should be seen by people that enjoy movies that make you think and appreciate the ones you have in your lives. The Best Man Holiday is the kind of movie that won’t get an Oscar or Golden Globe, but it’s one that I can guarantee will be awarded classic status in the hearts and minds of the viewers who take the time to go see it.
I know that casts featuring people of color in staring, supporting and background roles aren’t a new thing. But the fact of the matter is that it happens in waves. This year there is a plethora of movies and like the 90’s I’m pretty sure it won’t be a mainstay. It’s been quite some time where I’ve gone to a movie and the majority of the previews were movies that featured a primarily black cast. I have hope that this will remain a trend as opposed to a fad like it has over the years but in the meantime, I plan to enjoy this “renaissance”. Run don’t walk to the theatre and I suggest if you’re seeing it today, order your tickets online. The theatre WILL BE PACKED!!