Biopic provides inside look at New Edition

Monday Sanderson

by Life Editor Monday Sanderson

I never held a strong opinion on the R&B group New Edition, but I decided to watch BET’s “The New Edition Story.” This three-part biopic, which premiered Jan. 24, made me enjoy the group more than I did before.

This biopic, just like most others, showed the good and bad times the group experienced.

The series showed the origins of the group when they were young children, and it followed their lives up to the BET 25th anniversary in 2005.

Even though there were many memorable moments in the series, there were a few that stood out.

The first scene I watched was when the group was on tour, and it hooked me. The songs were catchy and easy to sing and dance to. It was also interesting to learn the actors were the ones’ who were singing the songs and they did not use any recordings.

One of the interesting parts occurred when the producers showed the transition from the young children to their teenage selves. They showed this by zooming in on their faces, and when the camera zoomed out, the kids’ faces morphed into teenagers. The editors made this transition flawless.

However, the scene which was the most memorable was when the group received its first check from record sales and touring. The scene began with the audience seeing a check worth $1.87, and then the audience hears Bobby Brown’s mother say the amount. The switch from the group leaving their bright tour bus in a nostalgic mood to this uncomfortable tenseness was jarring, but memorable. It was shocking to also discover the family would have to split the check between all five families. The producers did a great job showing the dangers of not reading a contract.

The second and third parts were the best moments of the series because they focused more on how the group’s split occurred and how the music group “Bell Biv DeVoe” formed. These scenes, ranging from the performance of their songs and the interactions of the members, were done well and enjoyable to watch. While there was drama involved, it was not unbelievable amounts of drama. The portrayals of the singers were realistic.

While this was an overall good series, there was one missing piece of information which was confusing. There was no mention of Whitney Houston. It is understandable to not go in-depth about her in order to respect her memory and to keep the focus on the group, but there was no mention of her or of her marriage to Bobby Brown.

Overall, this series did a better job than other biopics because the subjects of the film was alive during the production. Anyone who enjoys watching celebrity films will enjoy this. I give this 4.5 out of five stars because of its well-done portrayal of the music group and the controversial subjects it addressed along the way.