There’s nothing more fitting than the release of a new Christmas movie during the most festive time of the year.
Almost Christmas, is a hilarious Christmas comedy, which will provoke laughter from its audiences. Directed by David E. Talbert, the film captures the essence of Christmas as experienced by black families.
In the movie, the head of the family, Walter Meyer (played by Danny Glover), is a mechanic who lost the love of his life a year earlier. Now that the holiday season has come, he invites his daughters and sons to the house for festive fun.
The ‘dysfunctional’ family gather together for their first Christmas since the death of their mother. Unsurprisingly, drama comes to visit the house alongside the family members. The family try to be civil and respect the family home to celebrate and create a festive atmosphere.
However, the harmony doesn’t last long as the children begin to bicker. Walter soon realises that if his family are able to last a few days under the same roof it would be a true Christmas gift.
The film stars, inspiring black actresses Gabrielle Union, Kimberly Elise and Monique. They bring the sass, humour and flamboyance to the movie – adding to the comic appeal.
Almost Christmas is a truly entertaining, light-hearted and festive movie. It has brought a sense of cinematic diversity to the end-of-year box office. The film has proved to be successful, grossing $34.6m [£27.6m], thus outdoing its production budget of $17 m [£13.5m].
The movie is celebrated by the black film community. Some viewers feel that the film is comparable to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989). Yet, this black version brings a sense of equality to your average Christmas film collection.
Talbert along with the talented cast have made the movie a box-office hit. Many see this as one of the funniest films of the year. This is a must-watch.
Photo Credit: Universal Pictures