Think Like A Man: Movie Review
The last time I recommended something, it was Inkaba – which has turned out to be bad acne on screen. I am on a path of credibility redemption, and hopefully this review will work. I went and watched the movie, loved it so much – I had to write about it.
Think Like A Man, is based on Steve Harvey’s bestselling book, Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man. I have never read the book, and won’t, but the movie seems to capture the essence of what the book is supposedly about – women finding men and keeping ‘em!
The movie is about four women that are at various, unsatisfactory stages of relationships with men, who use Steve Harvey’s book to get the kind of relationships they want from their men. This results in funny and identifiable events that are familiar to everyone who has ever dated.
The twist in the movie is when the men decide to use the book against their women! It’s a typical Hollywood boy meet girl comedy – you know how it ends. But it is the journey in the story that is warm and sweet and a whole lot funnier. The story in Think Like A Man is a breath of fresh air, after years of living under the dictatorship of Tyler Perry’s preachy movies.
The performances in Think Like A Man from the largely fresh cast is solid. Michael Early, the guy who threw his kids out of the window in For Coloured Girls, and Taraji P. Henson are probably the most familiar faces, together with Megan Good, they bring familiarity to the movie. Gabrielle Union has to be the biggest miscast. A movie with mostly underrated actors needed a big Hollywood face so studio executives can be comfortable – hence she is in the movie.
The role seems beneath an actress of her calibre. The white male characters also feel forced, but unless you’re Madea, a movie with an all-black cast is likely to flop come opening night. Remember The Preacher’s Wife? There also is huge cameo of stars from Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Wendy Williams, Sheri Sheppard, Steve Harvey, Keri Hilson and a grown up Morris Chestnut. At some point I thought it was a BET get together!
The movie’s directing is smooth, like an R&B music video, which is largely influenced by the director Tim Storey’s background as a music video director. Tim is able to capture that sultry and seductive world of African Americans that we all swoon over. The women look glossy in every shot and there is enough dosage of shirtless men, that will make Khulubuse explode with envy. But some scenes feel cheesy, especially the sex scenes.
Think Like A Man ended Hunger Games’ four week lead at the box office in the states, grossing over 30 million dollars on opening weekend, for a movie that had a budget of 12 million. It stayed in the position for two weeks, and then The Avengers happened. MXM!
Think Like A Man doesn’t give answers to why so many beautiful, well-mannered black women are still single out there. Don’t watch it if you are looking for answers why your relationships don’t work. It is a satire that reflects on the struggles of relationships and make fun of it. This is a perfect movie for a girls’ night out, or couples and everyone that loves a good movie that doesn’t require intense emotion.
I give it four stars! Go see it and laugh out loud.
For those who saw it – what are your thoughts?
By Phathu Makwarela