Best Man 2By now you’ve heard the buzz and have seen the on-set pictures from The Best Man sequel that is coming out this November. I love to see talented black actors in positive, entertaining movies as much as the next gal, but I could go without a sequel to The Best Man. I’d much rather see Malcolm Lee put his talents to work on an entirely new project.

I mean, I get. Hollywood has tried and true formulas it likes to stick to and using LaLa Land logic, if a movie does well at the box office, you might as well continue that story rather than gamble on something different.

And I liked the original film. It was fun, the entire cast was easy on the eyes and some great one-liners came from it. Plus, the ending was nice and neat-ish.   I haven’t been sitting around aching to find out how everyone’s story continued. The ending was satisfying. Also, black people have so many untold stories in Hollywood that it’d be great to see something that hasn’t been done before get some shine. I’m going to go see The Best Man Holiday because I trust the cast and crew to put together something entertaining that won’t make me cringe.

I’m also going to see The Great Gatsby even though I’m not sure if it will past the cringe test. The film is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s brilliant novel of the same name and it comes after the masterfully done 1974 film starring Robert Redford as the title character. Robert Redford slayed that role and I’m not saying Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t a capable actor, but I’d let’s not tamper with greatness.

It also gives me pause that the new The Great Gatsby film will be available in 3D. Why? WHY? This makes me think the focus will be more so on making this version splashy and stylized (as the trailer suggests) and I hope that focus doesn’t mean less attention to the actual story. Like the Malcolm Lee film, I’m going to see this new Gatsby movie too, but not because I have so much faith in the actors and director, but more so because I’m curious to see how they will interpret the novel.

What are some of your favorite sequels, prequels and remakes? Will you be checking out The Best Man Holiday or the new The Great Gatsby?

Demetria Irwin is a New York City-based freelance writer/editor. Follow her on Twitter, @Love_Is_Dope.

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  • Treece

    “….I liked the original film. It was fun, the entire cast was easy on the eyes and some great one-liners came from it. Plus, the ending was nice and neat-ish. I haven’t been sitting around aching to find out how everyone’s story continued. The ending was satisfying. Also, black people have so many untold stories in Hollywood that it’d be great to see something that hasn’t been done before get some shine.”

    Yes! This ^ is exactly why I’m not sure if I want to see a sequel, or at least not sure if I want to break off 11 bucks for it. I was satisfied with the first. It’s actually one of my favorite movies. I was kind of peeved when I heard there would be a sequel. I may have to just catch a matinee or netflix it later on next year.

    • Treece

      I will also be checking out Gatsby. Leo DiCaprio is one of my favorite actors, so I usually go see his movies whatever it is. I just think he is an awesome actor

    • Orange Starr Happy Hunting

      Leo is one of the best, a heavyweight in acting for sure!
      I have a been a fan since he did that movie with Ellen Barken and Robert Dinero.

    • Netflix for the win!

  • Ummmmm hello can we please get an article on “42”?! I haven’t seen any promotion of the film at all on here. We’re always complaining about the quality of black movies. “42” is a great film with beautiful FRESH talent. So what’s the deal?

    • I agree! I was so happy that movie landed number 1 despite it being in limited theaters!

  • I must say I’m veering towards seeing The Best Man 2 out of curiosity. It had a great ending, but I would like to know who else walked down the aisle, and who has kids as well as how far their careers advanced. I hope the movie picks up from Mia and Lance to highlight making a marriage work after the honeymoon stage or if the flame is still burning. Not one of my favorite, but I think that’s a great starter point and realistic. And it is always great to see an all black cast depicted within a positive light.

    I also will check out The Great Gatsby. Any movie Leonardo DiCaprio is in — is great to watch. With saying that, I’m still trying to figure out how he wasn’t recognized for his role in Django. But yes, I will support both films.

  • Kiki

    I had the exact same thought about Gatsby being shown in 3D it suppose to be a “serious” film not a cartoon.