Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is the music world’s latest superstar, but the pressures of fame have her on the edge…until she meets Kaz (Nate Parker), a handsome young cop with political ambitions who’s been assigned to protect her. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of Noni's mother (Minnie Driver) and Kaz's father (Danny Glover). But Kaz's love might be the missing piece that gives Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.
**Escape to Mexico 2.0
**Gary Theard: Boom Man
Cast & Crew
It's a movie about a rising superstar that features two of them-Mbatha-Raw and Parker, both enormously appealing, impossibly attractive performers with big futures ahead of them.
Director Prince-Bythewood, who made the move from television to the big-screen in 2000 with the terrific romance Love and Basketball has a way with actors.
How bracing today to have a film that's at once fun, patient, romantic, and real.
Prince-Bythewood is stingingly astute at what fame does to objectify women. And Gugu Mbatha-Raw, so good this year in Belle, is a shining new star.
A formulaic, often melodramatic crowd-pleaser with thoughts on celebrity-driven culture and the ravenous appetite of fans, followers and the media.
"Beyond the Lights" doesn't have much insight into the world of modern celebrity, but as a romance, its actors make it sing.
Along the way, Mbatha-Raw looks, sounds and moves like an A-lister. If "Belle" put the actress on Hollywood's radar, "Beyond the Lights" heralds her superstardom.