Beyond the Lights

Beyond the Lights

Gina Prince-Bythewood (2014)

116min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Essentially a riff on The Bodyguard, this cheesy but entertaining "fame is pain" tearjerker offers rising British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw a very different leading role from the one she played in period drama Belle. She plays Noni, a hip-hop superstar who's been groomed for success since childhood by pushy mum Minnie Driver. But Noni now feels lost inside her artificial showbiz persona, and attempts a suicide bid from which she's saved by hunky cop-cum-minder Nate Parker. Love blossoms, and Noni is prompted to re-evaluate her life, her love and her music. Beyond the Lights is unashamedly corny, and leaves no music-biz cliché unmined. But it pushes all those big buttons marked "for audiences seeking undemanding, escapist entertainment". And Mbatha-Raw is undoubtedly a star in the making.

Summary

A young singing superstar struggling to cope with fame finds solace in the arms of a police officer who gives her the confidence to stand up to her record label bosses and tread her own career path. Romantic drama, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker and Minnie Driver.

Cast & Crew

Noni Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Kaz Nate Parker
Macy Jean Minnie Driver
Captain Nicol Danny Glover
Quentin Darryl Stephens
April Elaine Tan
Jonas Isaac Keys
Liam King Tyler Christopher
Director Gina Prince-Bythewood
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes, sexual references.Available on: DVD
Drama