“Brooklyn Bound” contributor Tsadiqwah Scarville gets Beyond The LightsΓÇª
Slated “raw” and “vulnerable” by fellow director Malcolm Lee, the highly anticipated film Beyond the Lights, written and directed by Gina Prince-BytheWood, opens in theaters today.
The film is exactly what I expected it be, from the husband-wife duo Gina and Reggie Rock BytheWood, who puts together a performance of the same seductive appeal bestowed on us in Gina’s first big hit movie Love and Basketball.
Fourteen years later, Beyond the Lights, starring the powerfully potent Gugu Mbatha-Raw and the irresistible Nate Parker, unveils another layer of depth to the paradox: to love or to be loved. And weΓÇÖre not just talking any ordinary love … weΓÇÖre talking black love!
Noni is a new superstar sex symbol who’s on the fast track to fame but who’s also traveling a lonely road of life and death, until she meets Kaz, a career-driven cop and aspiring politician from the other side of stardom. Kaz’s love for Noni saves her from herself. Together the two experience an emotional worldwind metamorphosis in finding happiness.
Director Gina does an excellent job at creating incredible authenticity by spotlighting the grim reality behind fame. She says life is a balancing act and requires self-knowledge and a certain level of maturity. But when it comes to knowing what it really takes to love a woman, I had to get the swain version from leading man. “Women, I love them — knowing who you are, knowing where you come from, and being unapologetic about it is what I admire in a woman,” Nate told me during the opening night screening of the 18th Annual Urban World Film Festival presented by BET and sponsored by HBO.
Well there you have it ladies…spoken like a true gentleman and yes we love you back Nate!