A movie that I could watch over and over is a tie between Jason's Lyric and Love Jones. If you haven't seen either one of these movies, you have got to seek them out. I tried for so long to find a VHS copy of Jason's Lyric. Every time I would search for it, there would be none for sale. They were not making anymore copies and then I randomly found one somewhere online. I was SO lucky. Sadly, I will be back out there on the hunt again because my only VHS copy was damaged in my luggage, coming back from visiting friends and family in Washington, DC.
I believe since I'm so emotionally-moved by this, I will refer my focus to Jason's Lyric.
I really enjoy a good love story. In film, when love is captured in its simplest form, against all odds, that's the make-up for a great movie. Here you have the leading man, Jason, played by Allen Payne, who loves his brother, Joshua, played by Bokeem Woodbine, who is in and out of prison due to the demons he relive in his mind from their violent childhood. Next, Jason feels that he can't leave and begin a new life with the woman he loves, Lyric, played by Jada Pinkett-Smith, because he doesn't want to leave his mother "helpless" so to speak. He is managerial material at the local TV Shop, where his boss wants him to step up to the plate and be who he is destined to be but he keeps trying to save everyone instead of himself. However, he also has nightmares of that tragic night that occurred when they were both little boys. This haunts Jason continuously also, feeling that it is his obligation to be the protector of his little brother no matter how low he goes.
On the other hand, you have the ladies, Lyric and Marti, played by Lisa Nicole Carson who have different perspectives on how love should be between a man and a woman. In the film, Marti is the girlfriend of Lyric's brother, played by Treach of Naughty by Nature and is fine with him. However, Lyric is the poetic, dreamy, hopeful one, who is closed to love until she meets Jason and they go on this serious journey with each other. She teaches him what love is all about by the way she holds him, speaks poetic words to him, and sets him straight when he is playing too much of "the savior".
This movie is a great example of how the power of love is thicker than blood, when a line has to be drawn. After watching this movie, for the first time, I realized how dangerous and fulfilling love can be. Love is courage, as referenced on the front cover of the movie box.
After watching this film, you come to realize for yourself if you are strong enough to weather the storms when love is being tested day in and day out.
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