THE BOTTOM LINE: BLACK NATIVITY

BLACK NATIVITY

FEATURING:  Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese Gibson, Nas, Mary J. Blige, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Jacob Latimore

DIRECTOR:  Kasi Lemmons

GENRE:  Drama / Musical

SYNOPSIS:  A down and out single mother sends her teenage son to live with her estranged parents in Harlem during the Christmas holiday; setting him on an inspiration journey.

RATING:  PG

RUNNING TIME: 93 Mins

THE GOOD: Let there be no doubt, this film belongs to the talented Jennifer Hudson (DREAMGIRLS, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES) and the power of her voice.  Even with a small supporting role, she eclipses everything around her; making it perfectly clear that she will not be denied.

She is the reason why you should see this film!

And even though this holiday film about faith and family is far from perfect, a powerful ending will send you out of the theater on a high note.

Yes, “it’s time to forgive…  It’s time to come home!”

THE BAD:  Based on a Langston Hughes 1961 play of the same name, Kasi Lemmons (EVE’S BAYOU, TALK TO ME) wrote this screenplay after the death of her older sister.  Her faith was tested and you will feel her pain.  Unfortunately, at times this inspiration story about faith doesn’t always ring true; weakening it.

THE UGLY:  Writer / Director Kasi Lemmons is one of the very few female directors working today.  She is also one of the very few African-American directors working today.  How sad it that?

MY SCORE: 

***

(3 OUT OF 5 STARS)