Noni, a very talented young girl is the music world’s latest superstar, but not all is what it seems, the pressures of fame have Noni on the edge – until she meets Kaz Nicol, a young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her security detail.
Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. It is ultimately Kaz’s love that gives Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.
What you just read is the summary of the plot for “Beyond the Lights”. This film does not need any mystery to be a success. The story is very basic — a stage mother is driving her talented daughter to be a musical star of the first magnitude. The girl is losing her identity at the hands of her mother’s unreasonable ambition.
Noni is saved by the charming tall, dark and handsome stranger (not me, I am just the critic). You will enjoy this film because of the sound foundation of the story and the superior acting of the cast. There is no need for surprises. The plot will remind you of the 1992 hit, starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner – “The Bodyguard”.
The cast is first rate: GuGu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver and Danny Glover. Gina Prince-Bythewood is the writer /director (and that is the correct spelling of her name).
I consulted with Darcy Wright and Valerie Gaffney Thomas and got their approval for my observations, they are my romance story experts.
By George Gaffney