If you’re a New Edition fan, you were perhaps glued to BET this week, tuning into The New Edition Story. This particular series has been long awaited and it certainly did NOT disappoint. We often see biopics of our favorite artists that aren’t up to par with our expectations, but this three-part series movie not only blew up the internet, but it took fans back to a time when music gave us the feel-goods. We were taken on a journey that highlighted New Edition’s start as children in the Boston projects and everything that came after such as, solo projects, group fights, family, money, and much more.
The cast selection was nothing short of amazing, allowing viewers to imagine the original band members in almost every scene. The cast consisted of: Bryshere Y. Gray (also stars in the hit show Empire as Hakeem Lyon) as Michael Bivins, Elijah Kelley as Ricky Bell, Keith Powers as Ronnie DeVoe, Algee Smith as Ralph Tresvant, Luke James as Johnny Gill, and Woody McClain as Bobby Brown. It seemed unreal how closely they matched the actual band members in not just looks, but also in vocals. The cast was able to sing their own vocals on our favorites such as, Candy Girl, If it Isn’t Love, and Can You Stand The Rain.
New Edition members were able to coach their respective actors throughout filming, which allowed each of them to truly capture their roles in a unique way that worked. BET shot us back into the 80s and they did one of the most successful boy bands a great deal of justice! If you had the pleasure of watching BET’s New Edition treat, there were moments when you probably sang along and danced to your old favorites; it was kind of hard not to. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, find the time to take a look and enjoy what the rest of N.E. fans are excited about.
Although there are so many New Edition songs to bust the vocals out on, there is a personal favorite that must close out this review! Enjoy the cast photo (which freakishly looks exactly like the 80s group) and the original, If it Isn’t Love video!