Friday, November 15, 2013
The Best Man Holiday
It's always surprising when a non-franchise film from over a decade ago spawns a sequel. Studio execs are clearly digging deep into their catalogs for properties with a built-in audience. Sometimes it works great. 2004's 'Before Sunset' and this year's 'Before Midnight' were increasingly impressive, well received, and completely unexpected continuations to the sleeper hit 'Before Sunrise' from 1995. Though sometimes it just seems unnecessary and falls flat. And that's the case here. Of course I wasn't really a big fan of the first one, 'The Best Man', which came out 15 years ago. It had a decent ensemble cast, including Taye Diggs and Terrence Howard, with a fun camaraderie, but neither the comedy, the romance, nor the drama really worked enough to make it a memorable watch. And I can say the same goes for the sequel. As a general rule, I strongly believe you shouldn't dig up an old property with a fan following unless there's good reason to do so. The script here isn't terrible, but it's not reason enough to exhume this particular body.