Beyond the Lights (2014)

“Truth is the only safe ground to stand upon.” – Kaz

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Apr 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A popular singer and a young police officer both reach crossroads in their lives and their chance meeting helps both of them try and find direction.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and knew absolutely nothing about before watching it.

It stars Nate Parker and Gugu Mbatha-Raw and I only recently became familiar with her work after watching the first season of The Morning Show where she really stands out among the whole cast.

Bot of them give very powerful performances here and it’s easy to see how talented they are.

This film has a great premise that works really well in showing how people can be affected by physical and psychologically by a chance encounter.

The movie is able to give us so many parallels in these two diverse lives that show us that in some ways we all believe that we are unique and different but sometimes the paths that we lead in life are quite similar.

The fact that they both are under the mentor-ship of their parents who wish for them to do great things is shown really well and allows us to see what happens when they choose to be their own individual along that journey.

The supporting cats of this film is also great and both Danny Glover and Minnie Driver are so enjoyable to watch in their roles.

Bottom Line – Great premise that works really well as it shows that things deep down can be affected so much by a chance encounter. The cast is quite good and both Mbatha-Raw and Parker show how great actors they can be with these roles.  Love the way that each of these characters are so very different yet the way that they have lived their lives trying to fulfill the dreams of their parents is so powerful.  The film also has a great supporting cast that includes Glover and Driver who help keep things so enjoyable to watch. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Noni Jean was originally written as an American, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw auditioned for the role with an American accent. However, after hearing her speak in her natural accent, Gina Prince-Bythewood rewrote the character to make her English. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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