Written by: J. Logan
I didn't have much faith in how much I would enjoy this movie, because let's face it...none of the Honey movies top the original. After watching this film, that opinion still remains valid. The newly released film Honey: Rise Up and Dance is the fourth installment of the film series Honey. Of course, I'm not in anyway trying to knock the creative work of director Billie Woodruff because it takes great talent to put a film together and fine all of the talented dancers. I'm just speaking on my thoughts as a viewer, and I feel like the best thing about the film was the soundtrack and Teyana Taylor. I will also add that whenever a new Honey film was released I watched it. So my opinions are based off of comparison to the other films.
The first film, Honey, was released in 2003 and was the best one within the series. This film had the best casting, the film starred a lot of big actors such as Jessica Alba who plays Honey Daniels who is a dance teacher/ bartender/ store clerk who was trying to make it big as a choreographer. The film also starred Mekhi Phifer who plays Honey's love interest Chaz. Romeo Miller, Joy Bryant and the movies inspiration Laurie Ann Gibson had a role in the film. The film also had some great cameos from people who were getting big buzz in '03 like Missy Elliott, Jadakiss, Ginuwine, Tweet, and Blaque. Although the movie was seen as a little corny by critics all the energy, celebrity appearances, and watching Jessica Alba the movie turns out to be pretty good. I mean it was one of my favorite movies at the time and the soundtrack was pretty great as well. The movie has a 21% rating on Rotten Tomatoes currently, which should be higher. The film did great in box office though bringing in $62.2 million worldwide with a $18 million budget. It opened at #2 it's box office weekend after earning $12.9 million.
The second film in the series, Honey 2, was released in 2011 and it didn't stand up to the expectations of the first one either. I also don't think it was better was than the third one either. The film starred Kat Graham who played Maria Bennett who must rebuild her life from nothing with only her love for dance. The film was not as memorable to me as the other films for it's casting, dancing, or the soundtrack. The film has a 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the critics has some not some good reviews.
The third installation of the film series Honey 3: Dare to Dance was released in 2016. The film starred Cassie Ventura as the leading lady Melea Martin who is a recent college drop out who is trying to follow her dancing dreams in South Africa. The movie comes close to being as good as the first one, only because the soundtrack and the dancing. This film may have some of the best dance scenes of all the movies in the series. The film series may just be for people who are into dance, but the films could have had better story lines in order to make it less corny. All of this is just based off of my opinion and I'm no expert, but I do enjoy watching the films just to see the different dance styles and soundtracks will be used with each newly released film.
If you haven't watched the new film Honey: Rise Up and Dance, give it a try because you may like it better than me. I also challenge you Femm fans to watch the others and ranked which ones you believe we the best or worst.