Taye Diggs was an exact duplicate of the two characters he played in "The Wood" and "The Best Man". Queen Latifah was good. Mos Def was okay, too. I liked him better in "Monster's Ball". Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker were stale and their acting looked forced. Like they were trying to pretend that they didn't know each other from "Soul Food". Sanaa Lathan was the only selling point for me because I happen to adore her and will pretty much see anything that she is in. Other than that, if you want to see "Brown Sugar", you'd be better off watching "The Wood", "The Best Man", "The Brothers", and "Two Can Play That Game". They're pretty much all the same and have the same actors virtually playing the same characters.
I hate the fact that every black movie that comes out has to be a romantic comedy, has to have a wedding, and has to have at least two or three actors from at least two or three of the other romantic comedies.
The comparison between love and hip-hop was stupid. I definitely would not recommend this movie unless you're off work, don't have anything better to do and just bored as hell and you happen to adore Sanaa Lathan like I do.
Orlando Jones was okay. He has the potential for greatness, he just needs to be more wise in choosing roles. But hey, for $500,000 I probably would've starred in this jackass of a movie too.
The ending was one of the most major disappointments of my entire movie-watching career. Even more worse than Unbreakable and you know that sucked.
M. Night Shyamalan (hope I spelled his name right) took a great idea and fumbled it on the forty yard line. He took a plot and wrapped it around a totally different plot. He started out with aliens and then ended up with self-rediscovery. Two of the most unlike themes ever.
The problem with Signs was that the premise is totally misleading. From aliens and crop circles to finding one's faith again?
Too much set up and not enough clarity.
How did the aliens form the crop circles? Where did they come from? What was their intent? How did the reverend's son become so insightful as to what was happening? What did the aliens do to the water? How and why was it harmful to them? Why were the spaceships only visible at night (and only as spots of light), but invisible during the day?
The buildup of suspense is intense (sometimes frustratingly unnecessary) for instance, when the aliens finally show up at the house and family locks itself in the cellar. The fear and terror of the aliens is expressed through loud, thud-sounding pounds on the door. The son, who has asthma has an attack (they would leave his medicine upstairs) while they wait out the night as the aliens try to get in. And while all this is going on, you never see not one alien. What kind of $#!t is that! Obviously a plot device to move things along quickly to the disappointing climax.
Finally...the so called climax!
You finally see the alien (the same one who the good reverend maimed while it was trapped in the pantry in the house of the man who killed the good reverend's wife...it was an accident).
A rush job at best. No tidying up of loose ends...and there are quite a few.
Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, and Abigail Breslin give great performances. Too bad they weren't enough to overshadow such a dull movie.
Jody has spent years as a selfish, cheating manipulator and now all of sudden he's ready to be a man for Yvette and himself. Sweetpea kills Rodney and then gets baptized and it's all good. Singleton should've took a little more time to tie up these loose ends.
But I give him much credit for churning out a remarkable movie about life in the present hood.
But back to the movie, I thought that Tom Cruise did an awesome job. Colin Farrell was very convincing. I truly hope to read a USAToday that automatically recognizes me when I pick it up to read. I give this movie ***1/2 out of ****.
With Pearl Harbor, Bruckheimer and Bay made a movie about love and centered it around war. Then they went after two different audiences: teenagers particularly girls-thus the weak and tired love triangle, and adults-mainly veterans and survivors of Pearl Harbor.
It didn't work because they focused too much on the love story where you only see 35 minutes of Pearl Harbor getting bombed. This movie shouldn't have been 3 hours and 20 minutes long. You spend 2 hours just waiting to see the bombing, which was supposed to be the selling point, judging from the trailer and the title.
Now what they should have done was make Pearl Harbor about Pearl Harbor. The movie should have focused on the events that led up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the actual bombing itself, and the results from it. Love could've played a small supporting role.
Because of this, the small (and I do mean small) focus on Dorrie Miller (adequately played by Cuba Gooding, Jr.) just seemed totally irrelevant. As an African-American man, I applaud Bruckheimer and Bay for at least acknowledging that the brothas were actually there, which Saving Private Ryan conveniently forgot to do! But the plot contrivance with the love story and the bombing just made Cuba seem out of place. By the end of the movie, you're wondering why they even bothered putting the brotha in there.
And the love story itself... totally lacked realism and compassion. I would even go so far as to say that Kate Beckinsale's Evelyn was reduced to a common whore, having gotten herself in between two best friends.
Overall, Pearl Harbor was a disappointment!
What works for one movie won't work for another!
Okay now about the movie . . . it was real good!
The story was real and I think Omar Epps did a great job opposite the magnetic Sanaa Lathan even though I had to admit Sanaa was the main reason for me going to see this movie. "Love and Basketball" gets *** out of ****. I highly recommend it for a date movie.