Black Nativity Review

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Soulful, Motown numbers always manage to suit the mood during the festive period, as there’s just something about this melodic, feel-good music that alleviates you in the bitterly cold wintertime. Therefore, expectations were suitably raised for Kasi LemmonsBlack Nativity, a Christmas musical celebrating African-American culture. However sadly this concept is let down by a film that is needlessly melodramatic, and unbearably mawkish.

We delve into the life of troubled youngster Langston (Jacob Latimore), who is sent away for Christmas, while his mother (Jennifer Hudson) strives on making enough money over the holidays to ensure they don’t get evicted from their Baltimore flat. Instead, Langston is to spend the foreseeable future with his estranged grandparents, Reverend Cornell Cobbs (Forest Whitaker) and Aretha (Angela Bassett), who live in a swanky, upper class abode in New York. Though completely resistant to the trip, and desperate to find a way home,
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