Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Black Coffee

Opened January 10, 2014 (Limited); Released on DVD April 8, 2014
1 hr 25 min



Mark Harris


Gabrielle Dennis as Morgan
Brely Evans as Nicole
Richard Gallion as Duke
Darrin Dewitt Henson as Robert
Tiffany Hines as Lia
Erica Hubbard as Mita
Christian Keyes as Julian
Lamman Rucker as Hill
Josh Ventura as Nate

Review by Stephen M.

Black Coffee is one of those feel good movies that you have you rooting for the main character as he over comes his obstacles in the betterment of himself.  The problem with these types of movies is that it often becomes predictable and Black Coffee is no different.  But what stands out Black Coffee from the other is a talented cast led by Darrin Dewitt Henson as the lead Robert.

Robert is a painter by profession for a company run by his good friend Nate (Josh Ventura).  Robert loses his job and his girlfriend on the same day in peculiar circumstances.  Of course, it's not a coincidence as we learn soon after that the two are interrelated.  However, despite these obstacles early on, we see Robert continue to be the better man and finds new love (Gabrielle Dennis as Morgan) and work.

Christian Keyes as Julian, Robert's cousin, provides the comic relief is hilarious.  On the opposite spectrum, Lamman Rucker as Hill, is the tough nose ex-husband of Morgan will make your stomach coil.  Hill appears to be such a vile character that when he has a bit of a turnaround towards the end, you still can't stop hating the character.  I love the overall theme of the film.  But the ending was a bit of turn off for me in that it becomes more of a social message for black empowerment.  Not that it is a bad thing but entirely unnecessary in emphasizing the point which the story already spoke of it so well.  It is understandable considering the targeted audience but may miss the point toward a wider audience.

Overall, I would recommend this film as a good pick me up.  Sure it may seem a bit unrealistic when things all start to go Robert's way.  But sometimes it just happens, when you're in the right state of mind and have good people around to help you which are what I take away from this movie.  Aside from the great cast, the Director does a great job in picking the locations in setting the right tone for the film.


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