Let us begin.
This sequel didn't disappoint. There is a stigma behind movie momentums that can cause the sequel(s) to squander. But it's hammer to nail, with this one. Barbershop: The Next Cut is the third installment of the Barbershop franchise and it delivered way more than its predecessors. It had its comedy, yet had its drama. And it balanced all of its components nicely.
Calvin Palmer, Jr. (Ice Cube) picks up years later, still living in Chicago as it is in today's times. He has a few of the original cast, Cedric the Entertainer (Eddie), Eve (Terri) and Anthony Anderson returning as JD. Cameos from Troy Garity (Isaac Rosenberg) and Sean Patrick Thomas (Jimmy) added the flare from the old times. Only one missing was Michael Ealy as Ricky Nash. Nonetheless, it still brought the magic. The Next Cut, has them dealing with issues in their neighborhood. Ice Cube is left with facing problems from his son, while trying to maintain a good friendship with someone close. Eve (Terri) struggles with her many jobs, along with trying to keep her family together. Cedric does his usual tendencies. He nails his jokes against Nicki Minaj and the many others. The opening scene with him and Ice Cube will have your sides hurting. He's good-gold throughout. Maybe even the best of the film. Again? No. I take that back. Deon Cole (Dante) is magnificent in this. He takes the cake.
The film addresses Chicago's community struggles in the fashion they are in now. We get a dose of how bad things have gotten in the southern side of Chicago. You'll experience the laughs with them, but once the severity hits, you'll feel the pressure. All coinciding within a few days in the barbershop. Well directed by Malcolm D. Lee, who has helmed (The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday) and soon to bring The Best Man Wedding later this year. If you're familiar with his work, just know that he took care of this movie for you. It pleases the ears and aches the heart, watching the issues the entire cast goes through. There's a dose of parent-empowerment, woman-empowerment and social empowerment as jokes swirl between the male and female co-workers. There were times when things got heated with humor, leaving the entire theater feeling the repercussions of our very own laughters. Those moments occurred five or six times at most. Like a unison choir of joy. It was worth it.
Ice Cube has definitely made a name for himself. He has already established his role in this media, bringing us the Friday series, Ride Along and 22 Jump Street. He knows what makes good comedy. He knows the right way to take his film.
Great cast chemistry.
Great heartfelt moments.
Plot can be a bit predictable sometimes.
Some cast members weren't that engaging.
'Barbershop: The Next Cut' hits tomorrow, April 15th.
Starring Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Eve, Nicki Minaj, J.B. Smoove, Lamorne Morris, Sean Patrick Thomas, Tyga, Deon Cole and Common.