Hey everyone! I am so mad that I wasn’t able to post about my experience on Tuesday but its been a busy week for me! I told myself I would definitely post about it before “Beyond The Lights” was released in theaters tomorrow because I want this post to convince those people who aren’t so sure that they want to see it because it comes off as sappy, over dramatic, or predictable because it’s none of that and one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while!
I was able to go to the screening because I was one of the winners of the “Beyond The Lights” contest that NecoleBitchie.com had. As a result of winning, me plus one guest (my girl Regina) were able to attend a screening of the movie Monday night and have cocktails with blogger Necole Bitchie and tv host/actress/reality star Lala Anthony after the screening. Before I get to the cocktails/interview part of the night, I have to rant and rave about how amazing this movie is! I saw a preview for it during the BET Awards this year and told myself that I have to see it! I would summarize the movie for you but I suck at summaries so I will post the trailer below and copy and paste what’s written on RottenTomatoes.com (which gave it 4 stars!)
Beyond the Lights is the story of Noni, the music world’s latest superstar. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures of fame have Noni on the edge – until she meets Kaz Nicol, a young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. But it is ultimately Kaz’s love that gives Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.
Without giving too much of the storyline away. I loved the connection between Noni and Kaz. It felt like we were outsiders looking in on a real love story and I loved how Kaz was romantic without being over the top or too intense. My favorite parts of the movie were the scenes without dialogue because the background music and their mannerisms spoke louder than words. Many people would write this off as a “chick flick” but I can see guys going to the movies and enjoying themselves because of the story itself. Nate Parker and Gugu Mbatha-Raw were the perfect actors for their roles and I felt like I was watching a documentary instead of a blockbuster movie because their story seemed so realistic and I feel that Noni’s over sexualized persona at the beginning of the movie can be seen in a few of the hot female celebrities out now (cough Rihanna!) Sidebar: Many celebs and notable people make cameos in this movie and Noni’s “boyfriend” at the beginning of the movie is played by rapper MGK who I have a bit of a crush on lol so I was pleasantly surprised to see him in the film!
After the screening, Regina, my new buddy that I met at the screening named Mildred and myself took a train to the Meatpacking District where we went to STK restaurant and waited for Necole and Lala to arrive and enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres. When the lovely ladies arrived, they sat down and had an intimate conversation about “Beyond The Lights” and Necole also asked Lala questions about fame, family and how she remains grounded and sane. I had the opportunity to ask her about the best piece of advice she gave but I will wait until Necole posts the video of their interview on her site for you to hear Lala’s answer 😉
Overall, I had an amazing night and I am happy that I entered the contest even though I didn’t think I would win. Pessimism has been a running theme in my life lately and having this opportunity showed me that I need to start thinking positively and look at life from a different perspective because you never know what will happen! Thanks to Necole Bitchie of NecoleBitchie.com and Lala for the advanced screening and cocktails night that was much-needed! Check out some pics below and remember to go to the theaters this opening weekend and use the hashtag #beyondthelights so we can spread the word about this stellar movie!
Always remember to love and live luxuriously!