The holidays are coming and usually families come together. They all hang out, have conflicts with each other and share some emotional moments. In this case it can relate to “Almost Christmas,” which provides an excellent cast with great chemistry meshed into an entertaining dramedy film that speaks more on what some families may go through.
The story starts off with a young couple growing together from childhood to adulthood, and having kids as well. They celebrate Christmas every year as a family until one day, their mother passed away. Walter Myers (Danny Glover) now lives life without her and invites the whole family over for Christmas, spending the holidays in absence of their mother.
So this comes with the actors and actresses such as Kimberly Elise, Romany Malco, Gabrielle Union and Jessie Usher all playing the family members. It’s becomes even hectic with Omar Epps and award winning actress Mo’Nique make appearances on this dysfunctional family. But overall, they gel nice with what their roles are in the film. They all care about their father and the loss of their mother, who is really the focal point of the film and why most of them are mostly sad in touching moments.
I thought Union did a tremendous job as much as Usher and others. They brought out the family feel of being angry and frustrated with each other. Heck Glover playing the father really provided leadership values and being the man of the house. J. B. Smoove even shown how funny he is as an actor and retired basketball player bringing out jokes. Still what brought this movie as possibly one of best Christmas films is the stars. These are veteran and young rising actors working together to bring a nostalgic Christmas film to life, almost like the National Lampoon movies.
Now the kids in their film were funny, which can relate to the viewers that are children. But if you’re interested in watching a Christmas movie from a different perspective on African Americans (other than “This is Christmas”) having fun and enjoying the holidays, check out this film. It will bring happiness and “oh my goodness” moments as it really relates to a big family in most instances.