Written May 28, 2016
If you appreciate good music, and want an uplifting story of forgiveness and redemption, this is your movie. Well worth the 40 mile trip to see.
Written December 02, 2013
Wasn't sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. I loved this movie! In a time when young men in single-parent (Mother) situations are coming into manhood and missing their dads but have extremely close and protective relationships with their moms, this film is a must see! The characters, especially Jacob Latimore, the 15-year old teen- are compelling! Definitely feel good, not syrupy. Some surprises. Great ending. Jacob is a young man to watch-he's definitely going places! Don't miss this movie!
Written November 30, 2013
If you can hang in there until the plot and message finally meet, in the last 25mins, only then can you appreciate the film. It is definitely a musical not quite Les Mis, but singing nonetheless. I didn't care for the repetitive singing nor the unpredictable time changes in sleep, church, subway...hell the corner. I enjoyed Tyrese's role the best. If I had to rate it, base solely on scene flaws, it's a clear C+. It gives you a reason to forgive in places you thought you wrote off. Perfect timing for release...the wonderful joy that holidays bring.
Written December 01, 2013
This is a great movie for the season. It has a little of everything in terms of plot. It shows the ugly under belly of life, redemption, love and forgiving. I am a man and I had tears in my eyes. The love meter was off the charts and in the end everything came out right. Great singing. Will probably see it again.
Written May 25, 2016
My whole family and I enjoyed the movie. We see it as a GO. However, it was nice but I expected more than what I received. I didn't know I was entering a musical either, but I anticipated since Jennifer Hudson was one of the actresses that she would sing. I found the young boy good, but obvious that this was his debut and new on the screen. I am sure in time his skills will develop for greatness in the years to come, but I didn't feel much passion during times I expected to see it. During passionate scene I witnessed tears in the eyes of the characters and never witnessed it in Langston's.
I wasn't happy with Angela Basset's to submissive and non-connected role to her husband that showed a black women with distant language to the relationship always calling him "Rev" and not "father" or "grand"