‘Best Man’ sequel is a great ‘Holiday’ gift
It’s been 14 years since we saw the gang altogether but certain things haven’t changed. Mia is still madly in love with her pro-footballer husband, Jordan (Nia Long) continues to put her impressive career ahead of any type of relationship and Quentin (Terrence Howard) – despite his juvenile nature and lack of couth 0 somehow still remains a regular voice of reason amongst the group.
Though so much has stayed the same, a lot has happened in the time that’s passed. Instead of the youthful “who’s slept with who” concerns of yesteryear, this sequel presents more adult issues including maintaining career success and the stress that comes with keeping their families together. Despite the hardships each couple – and even those uncoupled – are dealing with there there’s room for plenty of laughs dispersed throughout the film.
Best Man Holiday has it’s perks but not without it’s downfalls. There’s eye candy for everyone – Shelby (Melissa DeSousa) isn’t the only lady randomly showing off her body and Morris Chestnut has his own unnecessarily long Taylor Lautner shirtless moment. Like any comedy, predictable moments happen every so often and although nostalgic, we probably could’ve done without some of the repeat storylines and scenes from the original. Bonus – though it’s not definite, the ending leaves room for a potential third film. 😉
Just how does Best Man Holiday measure up to its predecessor? It’s a tad bit funnier, just as dramatic but a lot more heavy. A decade and a half is a long time to wait for a sequel but overall, Director Malcolm D. Lee did a great job of weaving an old story in such a way that it’s relevant enough to hold our interest.