Black History Month: Last Holiday

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Movie Of The Day: 

Director: Wayne Wang 
Writer: Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman, J.B. Priestley  
Release: January 13, 2006
Queen Latifah
LL Cool J
Timothy Hutton
Giancarlo Esposito
Upon learning of a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to sell off all her possessions and live it up at a posh Central-European hotel. --IMDb
I haven't seen this movie in a long, long time but I knew I wanted to go back to it for this month. I loved Queen Latifah and her movies and I remember loving Last Holiday. There are so many aspects of this story that I relate to and I personally think that it holds up even now. Maybe it's because of how hard 2020 has been or the fact that I lost my grandfather last year, but there was so much about this movie that I understood personally. For a long time, I was also the girl that just went about her day, always saying that I would do things "one day." And life kept going on and on and nothing seemed to change. When Georgia is told she has a terminal illness, she decides to spend the last few months of her life doing all the things she'd held off on doing.

It's so interesting to see all of the things we would do if we only had a few weeks to live and we have the opportunity to do so. Going on a vacation to the Czech Republic, skiing, meeting people, wearing the clothes that she wants to and just having a good time. As I watched the movie, I kept wondering what I would do if I was told I only have a few weeks to live. Where would I go? What would I do? Who would I see?

I love the fact that Queen Latifah got to be the main character in this movie. She's a fat, Black woman who gets to be the main character in a holiday romcom. It's fun and light and sweet and such a good time. The red dress? The spa moment? It all seems ridiculous until we're told that we probably won't be able to have these experiences. I just really love this movie and the fact that she gets her happy ending.

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