2017 in Cinema:
Girls Trip, 2017
Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee
Starring: Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Tiffany Haddish, Queen Latifah
Girls Trip is about the reformation of the Flossy Possy, a group of four friends who are taking a trip to New Orleans for the annual Essence Music Festival, which Ryan Pierce (Regina Hall) is the keynote speaker. The film follows their nightly adventures with drink and guys, as well as Ryan’s cheating partner and their attempts to cover it up to maintain a TV deal that they’ve been offered.
These films, much like Bridesmaids and The Hangover always have the potential to be pretty poor; just a group of people getting drunk and that’s it. But, like those two, Girls Trip is hilarious. It pushes the boundaries (especially with Dina’s (Tiffany Haddish) sexual behaviour) and comes out brilliantly. Tiffany Haddish, despite not having many big films in her career, is brilliant in this film; expertly combining a serious side to a woman who’s trying to rekindle her youth with her girls.
On my review for 47 Meters Down I noted how its foreshadowing was an example of a film being poorly-written (with them spoiling things in advance); Girls Trip utilises almost the exact same foreshadow (that something may cause hallucinations, in this case a drink), but it’s done so in such a different manner that is comes across as funny. 47 Meters Down’s foreshadowing was of major events, used with a serious tone to be shocking and surprising, Girls Trip uses no such tone, and the second she gets the drink you’re just waiting for the hallucinations to begin: it’s not a secret or a trick.
The only negative about this film was that at the end it went a bit cliché (the usual friendship break-up before reuniting to a powerful final speech), which felt out-of-place in a film that had spent its preceding near-two-hours being different to the normal Hollywood comedy films.
Girls Trip is a hilarious comedy with great acting, great characters and moments so bizarre it’s crazy they’ve not been seen before. Set in the wonderful environment of New Orleans and with them being older they have families and careers to balance, Girls Trip expertly allows everything to develop, from individual storylines to their collective, and it does so brilliantly.
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