Barbershop: The Next Cut tells the story of the crew at Calvin’s Barbershop coming together to bring some much needed change to their neighborhood.
It’s been a long time coming for this addition to the Barbershop films and it was worth the wait because it still provides some great comedy while dealing with pressing social issues in a heartfelt and thought provoking way. I originally came to know the Barbershop films through it’s spin off called Beauty Shop starring Queen Latifah, who I’m a huge fan of, and quickly became a fan of this original series upon realising a lot of my favourite actors/musicians starred in it also and the well balanced comedy and drama the films portrayed. And can I just saw how much I respect Ice Cube as an actor? He’s so underrated as an actor and people need to realise how good he is as performer, on the mic and before the camera.
It’s a political satire that holds a strong theme of reformation and regrouping, stressing the audience to take a look at how backwards our society has become and how rough the streets have become. We need to look after one another now more than ever, no matter the race, beliefs, or sexuality. It holds a positive message in a film ultimately presented as a comedy, showing that the genre continually proves to be the place to really explore our societal values.
If even if you’re not from the African-American community, you’ll still be able to appreciate the tight-knit community this film exudes.