Although fourteen years have passed since Malcolm D. Lee’s The Best Man (1999), the characters resonated in such a way that the idea of seeing them together again was an enjoyable one to ponder. It’s been a long time coming but finally the sequel, The Best Man Holiday (2013) has arrived, and thanks to its likeable cast it’s just about worth the wait.
An opening montage reminds us of the events of the previous film before we catch up with its characters in the present day. Bestselling author Harper (Taye Diggs) now has a child on the way with wife Robin (Sanaa Lathan), but is having trouble with his writing. Meanwhile, NFL star Lance (Morris Chestnut) is set to end his illustrious career to spend time with his wife Mia (Monica Calhoun) and his kids. Seeing Lance’s retirement as an opportunity to cash-in by writing his biography, Harper accepts Mia’s invitation for a holiday get-together with old friends Julian (Harold Perrineau), Candy (Regina Hall), Shelby (Melissa De Sousa), Jordan (Nia Long) and Quentin (Terrence Howard).
The hardest part of being a 911 operator, one dispatcher tells us, is that “You don’t know how it ends”. That sense of helplessness is effectively extracted in The Call, the latest thriller from well-versed director Brad Anderson. However, not knowing how this one ends may be preferable to watching it fall apart in its final minutes.
Back in 2010, Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass left an indelible impression on audiences with an energetic, fresh take on the increasingly saturated superhero genre. Jeff Wadlow replaces Vaughn (a producer here) at the helm for Kick-Ass 2, and whilst the franchise no longer has the shock factor, the sequel still serves up a generous helping of foul-mouthed superhero fun.
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