Just yesterday I was thinking about two things. Specifically where I’d love to travel to next and what I need to add to my vision board for 2019. Little did I know that Last Holiday, the 2006 comedy about a shy woman who suddenly decides to change her life and live it up in a posh European hotel would offer me so much inspiration.
If you’re familiar with Last Holiday, you know that I probably don’t want to be in the main protagonist’s exact predicament. However I could most definitely do with a little more of the ’embracing life’ part.
Starring Queen Latifah, LL Cool J and Timothy Hutton, what I like most about this fun Wayne Wang directed comedy – besides the way it has inspired me is how much it made me laugh and smile. It’s exactly what I needed this festive season. Latifah and her natural charisma is the reason I tuned in at all. Other reasons I stayed watching include the many engaging characters; from Latifah’s Georgia, Chef Didier who’s well played by Gerard Depardieu, LL Cool J’s Sean and all the staff at Grand Hotel Pupp.
As for everything else in Last Holiday, key highlights include the cinematography, the way food is featured and all the well chosen fancy outfits worn by Georgia while in Europe.
If I had to pick a moment in Last Holiday that I loved that little bit less, I’d choose the not completely believable way the snowboarding scene played out. Overall though, Last Holiday is a fun and funny holiday / Christmas movie that will put a smile on your face and have you looking forward as you think about how to best live the coming year(s).
Watch it because it has a certain silly quality that’s good for your mood.
The film’s main stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish all got to shine in their respective roles. However, as everyone has been saying, it is indeed Haddish who absolutely stole the show with her loyal and rather ‘out there’ character – thanks no doubt to her impressive comic timing and delivery.
Girls Trip features a healthy amount of outrageous fun to keep you engaged. As hilarious as it all was, what I loved most about this movie is the way the story of love and general sisterhood between the four friends is handled. A sisterhood enriched with a certain level of realism, particularly in regards to the relationship between Latifah and Hall’s characters, that I wasn’t expecting.
I liked that New Orleans was the setting for this story, if only because it reminded me that I need to make it to that place on day. The setting and the music also had me thinking of Chef (2014), a movie I love and recommend, not just because part of it is also set in New Orleans.
Watch Girls Trip because there’s truth in all the positive feedback.
Girls Trip is the latest movie from Malcolm D. Lee; writer and director of two good movies The Best Man (1999) and The Best Man Holiday (2013). Starring Jada Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip is the story of a road trip with four childhood best friends where, (according to the original Rotten Tomatoes’ synopsis) at some point a betrayal is revealed…
Trailer 1 (Redband)
Now that there may not be a a betrayal story after all,I’m still looking forward to finding out just how different this will be compared to The Best Man. Whatever the similarities and differences, I’m sure that Girls Trip will be good because The Best Man (1999) and The Best Man Holiday (2013)were very well done.