A waste of a good 95 minutes. O.K., I watched the first “Carlito’s Way” back in the day to see why everybody and their brother were making quotes from it. It seemed pretty simple, straight forward gangster tale, and since I enjoy Al Pacino’s acting generally, I watched the movie. It was surprisingly good, and it had a few morals (which were ultimately lost on most of the crowd who wished to emulate Carlito as opposed to seeing that he ultimately reaped what he sowed). Soooo, even with P. Diddy in the cast, I figured, I could watch the prequel.
Wellllll, lets just say I would have been better off watching a Law and Order CI rerun. This stuff was of the same ilk of the silly gangsta fairy tale’s that come out straight to video starring Ja Rule or whatever has been rapper of the month (and of course with Vivica Foxx or Nia Long). Not that I have anything against this type of low brow entertainment, occasionally to my wife’s chagrin I suspend my intellect and watch “The Parkers” or a rerun of “New jack City” on BET so I can laugh at G-Money Wells repeatedly while he is stupid enough to meet Nino Brown on top of that building hollering: “CMB Man, its all we got” lol
But seriously, these gangsta fairy tales are part of the reason I can’t stand so-called “Black Movies”. Come now, can we just write a story showing African Americans in a positive light? You know, instead of “It’s hard out there for a pimp” how about “it’s hard out there for a brother working two jobs, going to school online and taking care of his wife and kids”? I still haven’t had a chance to see the “Pursuit of Happiness”, I intend to, however; I’d like to see some “regular” ole stories about people, things and life made by African Americans.
What do you all think, what types of films would you like to see made?