[No Refill On The Sequel] Drumline: A New Beat [In Review]

film, television / Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
Photo Cred: BlackFilm.com

When you think of a sequel to any of your favorite films you get excited right? This may be one of the films where a sequel may have not been needed surprisingly. There seemed to be a lot of hype surrounding this VH1 television film, was it worth the hype? I’ll be the first person to say absolutely not. I won’t drag the film and say it was trash but, it definitely did not live up to the expectations of the audience for many reasons. Lets start with the storyline, even though the main characters were switched from Nick Cannon to Alexandra Shipp  a blind person would even be able to tell that the storyline was exactly the same. What I disliked the most was the camera work. I clearly could tell that drums were being played by someone else and most of the camera effects were as phony as Nick Cannon’s costume jewelry he wore in the film. The way that the film was shot you would have thought it was a television show in comparison to the first Drumline film. I understand that the sequel was created to appeal to our generation but, come on now we are not that corny. At least a different plot twist could have been worked into the film where as though i’m not able to predict the whole film, that’s a snooze fest in the making. I don’t know if it is just me but, I think that when old characters are brought back in the sequel it can appear to be very distasteful. Bringing Nick Cannon back wouldn’t have been that bad if they didn’t bring him back as a gaudy buffoon. I can honestly say that the only thing I enjoyed about Drumline: A New Beat was seeing Jordan Calloway‘s face on my television screen. I think we could have done without Letoya Luckett too, I was asking what was her purpose throughout the whole film. Overall I would have to give this film a two stars. The camera work, storyline, and characters made me arrive at this conclusion. Just a few tweaks and the movie would have at least been up to an “OK” standard.

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