Sunday, April 22, 2012
Get Into It: "Think Like A Man"
I was wrong. So wrong. "Think Like A Man" was a hilariously good movie. I was not prepared for that. I can honestly say that I read Steve Harvey's book. It was not informative or groundbreaking in any way. It was a book filled with common sense stuff that any woman who has a brother, father, uncle, or male friends would/should already know. So, my expectations of the movie weren't that high. I really wanted to see the movie for 3 reasons: 1) Michael Ealy because I like him, 2) Kevin Hart because he is hilarious and 3) To see how Terrence J would do in a feature film. I'm glad I went to see it. It was worth the price of admission. I enjoyed every second of it. I also know that I will be buying it once its released on dvd. Yes, I was that impressed with it.
I love the way the basis of the book is integrated into the script. The characters are all lovable. My favorites are Kevin Hart's character Ced, Michael Ealy's character Dominic and Terrence J's character Michael. They are all flawed but essentially good guys. This movie is filled with celebrity cameo's from Lala Anthony, Tika Sumpter, and Morris Chestnut to Ron Artest, Chris Brown and Wendy Williams. The plot isn't as predictable as romantic comedies tend to be. I was engrossed in the film from the opening scene. Kevin Hart has some of the best one liners throughout the entire film. His character is going through a divorce and he has an affinity for strip clubs. Romany Malco's character Zeke was a dog. Simply no other way to describe him. But, he was very smooth. I really enjoyed him as well. Michael Ealy's Dominic was the most lovable male character to me. He played a chef who was kind of lost. Terrence was the ultimate Momma's boy. The relationship between him and his mom was beyond ridiculous but very entertaining. Comedian Gary Oldman was in this as well. He was the lone happily married man with kids. He was the voice of reason throughout the film.
The women are great characters as well. I love Taraji P. Henson's character the most. She is very driven, very successful and learns the most. Megan Good's character Mya is a gullible sweetheart as well. Regina Hall plays a serious role as Candice. I loved seeing her in a different light. Gabrielle Union's character was decent as well. Jennifer Lewis was hilarious as she is in everything. You never see Gary's wife in the film and Kevin's wife was mostly a no show until the very end of the movie. The relationships are all believable. I feel like I know these men, dated someone like them. The same thing goes for aspects opf the women in it. That is why I feel like the movie works so well. Steve Harvey pops up randomly on the film via tv spots to dispense advice from his book. It's weird and distracting to me. I loved the fact that Kevin Hart was also the narrator of the movie.
The music is something else that is a plus. A great soundtrack only makes a great movie that much better. The song that plays throughout the whole movie is the "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)" by John Legend. This song has been stuck in my head all day. I really dig it. There is also the Jennifer Hudson, Ne-yo, Rick Ross "Think Like A Man" track that has been getting a lot of play. Kelly Rowland (who also has a cameo in the film as well), Luther Vandross, Earth, Wind and Fire, RaVaughn and Keri Hilson all contribute to the soundtrack. I am sure I will be looking into getting this for my collection as well. I love the mix of old school tracks with new ones made specifically for the film. RaVaughn's "Same Ol BS" is also a track to listen out for. Brandon Hines' "Fire" is my song!! The soundtrack is a wonderful display of R&B at its best.
Overall, I was thoroughly impressed with this cast and this movie. I will recommend it to everyone. IT is just a great funny film. I loved it. I want to see it again. Laughter is always a great thing. I think that Terrence J will go on to do more movies. His acting has improved greatly since his role on "The Game." I also think that Kevin Hart's star will continue to rise. Taraji and Michael are bonafide stars and I loved that they were paired up in this film. There was great chemistry there. The film has already grossed $12.2 million on its first day!! That is incredible since the movie's budget was only $13 million. I will always support good art. This film falls into that category for me. So, go ahead and get into it "Think Like A Man!"