Favorite Movie of 2014: Beyond The Lights

I’m a sucker for romance movies. I’m also a sap. So that combination means when I see these types of movies, I must have tissue on hand because I already know the tears will be flowing. One of my favorite movies is the Notebook and EVERY time I watch it I cry. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Lol.

Enter Beyond the Lights. From the moment I saw the trailer, I knew I had to see it. Apparently the trailer deterred some from going but like I said I’m a sucker for romance movies. Plus it had two black actors as the lead, one of them I’ve dubbed as the Denzel of our generation. I had to see it. Well let me tell you it didn’t disappoint. I’ve seen it twice and wouldn’t mind seeing it again. And yes I cried both times. It took me seeing it two times to be able to write about. The first time I had to digest the marvelous work I watched and the second time I knew I had to write about it. The cinematography, music, acting was just SUPERB! After all, it was directed and written by Gina Prince-Bythewood, director and writer of Love and Basketball.

Image Credit: Relativity Media

Image Credit: Relativity Media

Gugu and Nate were PERFECT! I was like are they sure these two aren’t dating? (But Nate Parker is married.) Their chemistry was THAT real. Lol. That airplane scene alone. Chile it will have you rearranging your bucket list. Lol. He cared for her well-being and listened to what she had to say when nobody else did. He also protected and defended her at all costs. It was a beautiful thing to see on the screen.

The story was phenomenal, I mean so well written. It shed light on the current state of the music industry. Artists creating this persona then trying to break free of it because it’s only a persona. In actuality, artist or not, we all tend to experience something like it on our journey through life. Breaking free of perceptions and opinions about how you should be. Sometimes you need someone to see your value in order for you to see it. Kaz (Nate Parker) did that for Noni (Gugu Mbatha- Raw). In the struggle to break free of her persona, Noni meets Kaz who sees her for her not the persona. The love story blossoms. It’s amazing how one person seeing the goodness in you can cause you to see the goodness in yourself.

This movie touches on so many topics worthy of discussion: positive representation of black love in the media to finding yourself to self love to mental health to real love vs idea of love. I think the movie resonated so deeply with me because I saw myself in Noni. She wasn’t perfect but she was real. A character dealing with issues many women face as we try to become better versions of self.

This movie is too good. I left feeling inspired and wanting to love. Inspired to live my dreams and love my king even deeply. I’m itching for it to come out on DVD so I can purchase it. I also want a copy of the movie poster so I can hang somewhere. I’m obsessed with it at this point. Looking up interviews about the movie, learning how each actor prepared for the role and how it took Blythewood nearly 4 years to bring this film to life (which is absurd, IMO). I could blabber on and on about it (as you can probably tell). It’s the best movie I’ve seen all year. If you haven’t, please do yourself a favor and see it. It’s irresistible!

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