Watch: Black Nativity 2013 123movies, Full Movie Online – In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes’ celebrated play, the holiday musical drama BLACK NATIVITY follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs’ rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with his new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family..
Plot: A street-wise teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives, where he embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey.
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I was, for the most part, feeling pleasant enough about this… until that ending.
It’s not that ‘Black Nativity’ ends badly, it’s just so incredibly forced and cringeworthy. It’s a Christmas film so I guess I could cut it some slack, but I feel it could’ve concluded things much better. Some of the character decisions felt odd at times, also.
One of the reasons as to why I was actually finding this satisfactory throughout is the cast – loads of recognisable and likeable faces. Forest Whitaker (Cornell) is honestly great, his performance is the only one I’d class as anything over ‘good’. Jacob Latimore (Langston) and Angela Bassett (Aretha) are the best of the rest, though I always like watching ‘Fast & Furious’ star Tyrese Gibson act too.
All in all, nothing positive or negative… just average.
SHAFT meets HAIR
BLACK NATIVITY has a lot of singing. People sing in church, but they also sing on the sidewalk, they sing in the street, and they sing at the bus station. If this movie had scenes in public rest rooms, like many of today’s films, someone surely would be singing in there, as well. This flick also jumps around a lot. It goes in and out of dreams, as people nod off in church. One minute Jennifer Hudson’s character is in Baltimore; the next, she’s in Harlem, with not so much as a clicking of Ruby Red Slippers to explain her transit. Every character here seems Gung Ho for public humiliation. Names are dropped, including Martin Luther King, Jesus Christ, and Langston Hughes, but plugs also are given for specific brands of money-getter guns. The folks in this flick would suffer fewer headaches in someone would drive a pick-up truck on a route everyday–like a newspaper delivery person–but hand out bundles of cash instead of papers. Maybe this sequel could be entitled BANK ACTIVITY.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 33 min (93 min)
Genre Drama, Family, Music
Director Kasi Lemmons
Writer Langston Hughes, Kasi Lemmons
Actors Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson
Country United States
Awards 2 wins & 5 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, SDDS, Datasat
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints)
Film Length 2,544 m (6 reels)
Negative Format Codex
Cinematographic Process ARRIRAW (2.8K) (source format), Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Fuji Eterna-CP 3523XD), D-Cinema