There is still room in Hollywood for a big love story.
Gina Prince-Blythewood proved it to me with “Beyond the Lights.” I have to admit I was a little gunshy after taking in my first Nicholas Sparks movie ever a while back with “The Best of Me,” but I chose this first-run drama and music over the slapstick sequel of the Farrelly Brothers DADT for this week’s Syracuse New Times Film Blog review. That one I shall catch on HBO or another way.
You can read my review of “Beyond the Lights” at the attractive Syracuse New Times site by clicking the link below.
So what did Prince-Blythewood’s work do for me on the chilly Saturday afternoon in Syracuse? Why, it restored my faith in Hollywood love stories, that’s all.
She gave it all it needed. A deep plot rooted in stereotypes of romance, modern tracks, an old hit at the center, familiar faces and great young stars. One, of which, I think may be a big star to behold. Yes, I think Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who played singer Noni, is rather something. She’s got looks and personality and that inner something. Yay.
Nate Parker played off her like a charm, too. He’s a cool customer. This performance should allow his phone to ring with offers, too.
Danny Glover? Thank you for his comfortable presence. Minnie Driver? Her part was quite annoying, and she was perfect in it.
But the give and take, yes and no, will they or won’t they, save her or leave her, well, that all was there in abundance. A love story that didn’t make me flinch or giggle or guffaw. Whaddya know.
Hollywood love stories, take them or leave them, and why? What are your favorite love movies, and why? Who would you call a next-big-star young actress and actor, and why?