By 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.