Since I put myself all the way on blast in my last post, I feel a tad bit more comfortable sharing my personal thoughts with you now. You should feel special.
One of the things I confessed is that I’m a sucker for all things lovey dovey (which include — but are not limited to — romance novels, chick flicks and YouTube videos of random men popping the big question to their lady loves). So of course, the minute I found out that the latest romance film, Beyond the Lights, was coming to the big screen last Friday, I already knew that would be on the top of my to-do list this past weekend. Then when I found out that Gina Prince-Bythewood — the screenplay writer of Disappearing Acts, Secret Life of Bees and Love & Basketball (one of my all-time favorite movies) — wrote and directed the film, I instantly pre-ordered my ticket.
Just kidding. I actually waited until I got to the movie theater to buy my $7.50 child (of God) ticket at the kiosk. But the point is, I basically made it my birthright to support my girl Gina’s latest project.
Long story short, the movie was awesome. And I’m not just saying that because Nate Parker had me swooning for an entire hour and 56 minutes (Lord, that man is fine). But in all seriousness, the entire cast — including the beautiful, talented, up-and-coming actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw (who plays the film’s lead character, Noni) — did an amazing job of bringing the characters and the movie’s storyline to life.
For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, I won’t spoil it for you. But what I will say is that beyond the movie’s excellent acting, plot buildup and character development, I was thoroughly impressed with how the themes of self love, dignity and resilience were executed flawlessly throughout the film — particularly, in the main character Noni, a rising popstar who battles some deep-rooted issues within herself while also learning how to deal with the pressures and politics of newfound fame.
One good thing about myself that I haven’t shared with you is that I always try to find a lesson or message in every experience I encounter. So a huge takeaway I got from watching this film was how important it is to love ourselves. In today’s era of social media, it’s easy to receive affirmation — and even rejection — from others. But at the end of the day, if we don’t love ourselves first, it’ll be even more difficult, if not impossible, to effectively give and receive love from others.
That’s all I’ll say for now (not trying to get too deep on y’all today), but in the meantime, get out and see Beyond the Lights. I promise you won’t be disappointed.