Langston (Jacob Latimore), a Baltimore teen raised by a single mother (Jennifer Hudson), travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with estranged relatives, the Rev. Cornell Cobbs (Forest Whitaker) and his wife, Aretha (Angela Bassett). However, Langston soon finds that Cobbs has strict rules, and the youth is unwilling to follow them. Instead, he sets out on a return journey to his mother and finds the value of faith, healing and family along the way.
Release Date: November 27, 2013
Runtime: 1 hr 33 min
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The movie is filled with beautiful music, songs of heartache and suffering, melodies of forgiveness and redemption, all sung powerfully and soulfully by none other than Jennifer Hudson, but also by Latimore, Whitaker, Bassett, Gibson and the legendary Mary J. Blige.
It’s the music that makes “Black Nativity” truly sing and I came away with a tear on my face and an eye toward the true meaning of Christmas.
Take a chance on “Black Nativity.” The rewards are waiting.December 5th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
Although there is not a spoken presentation of the Gospel, every element is of that message is revealed. Sin, repentance, forgiveness, redemption. Along with amazing acting and singing abilities this has become on of my favorite movies.
Great movie!!!! Teaches the power of love and forgivenessDecember 6th, 2013 · Details
Soulful musical performances, unabashed piety and resoundingly positive values go a long way to smoothing over the rough patches in screenwriter and director Kasi Lemmons' screen parable. Though not a movie for small children, this heartfelt salute to forgiveness, family unity and the power of religious belief will likely delight most others... See Full Review
The Christmas season is a time of redemption and forgiveness. This compelling story is a modern day musical version of the Nativity that not only tells of Jesus' birth but also portrays a family that needs to be reborn through accepting forgiveness for the mistakes that they have made in the past. With the wonderful voices of Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson the songs convey many of the feelings of the characters in this charming family film... See Full Review
Impressionistically told, with songs that serve as monologues, the movie becomes more powerful when Cornell’s church stages a gorgeous production of “Black Nativity” and Langston nods off to have a gospel-inspired dream that features Nas and, as an angel with white hair sticking up like a dandelion ready to make a wish, Mary J. Blige. When Langston sneaks out of the service in a desperate attempt to get the money, it leads to a confrontation revealing in ways he could not anticipate. The concluding scenes of redemption and reunion are tender and transcendent.
Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/2013/11/black-nativity.html#ixzz2lpQu6exf... See Full Review
The sermon is never less than obvious and gets downright heavy-handed, but Lemmons wisely keeps the film brisk and brief, not allowing it to overstay its welcome. It may not reach the status of “holiday classic,” but the high-minded “Black Nativity” is still a modestly entertaining and uplifting version of a “greatest story” that has proven as malleable as it is timeless... See Full Review
Kasi Lemmons — who helmed 2007's compelling Talk to Me — wrote and directed this stirring Christmas tale that incorporates the poetry of Hughes and a wide range of musical styles from gospel to R&B to rap. Anchored by a topnotch ensemble cast, it's toe-tapping holiday fare that's also a potent reminder that family resentments and hardened hearts serve no one... See Full Review