Happy Thanksgiving MMT Family! Also wishing a happy holiday to those celebrating Hanukkah! I am very thankful always for family, friends and faith, and for the exciting interviews and movie screenings I’ve been able to experience this past year. I was able to screen the holiday film Black Nativity last week, and although it was a bit clichéd I did enjoy the movie.
The Kasi Lemmon’s directed/written (screenplay) Black Nativity is a contemporary adaptation of an original play written by the great poet/writer/activist Langston Hughes. The story follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a stubborn teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother (Jennifer Hudson), as he travels to New York City and spends Christmas with his estranged grandparents (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Themes of revelation, healing and forgiveness abound, and although several moments are predictable, these themes keep the audience invested through the ending.
With both Whitaker and Bassett on board, you know the film has some performance power; although I must tell you this film was in one of my faves, Jennifer Hudson’s, lane. She stole the show with her musical numbers. And there were some great moments with actor/singer Tyrese Gibson, singer Luke James, rapper Nasir Jones (NAS) and the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” herself Mary J. Blige.
With a PG rating and 93 minute running time, Black Nativity is a great pick for the family Thanksgiving outing. You can get more info about the film and get ticket/showtime info here.
Alright family, I know this was a super short one but I gotta go check on my macaroni and cheese! 🙂
Until next thought, Thomasena