Review: BET's The New Edition Story
Last week for 3 nights BET dropped the highly anticipated New Edition biopic, and it was worth the wait. The New Edition Story isn't just a 2 hour movie, it's a 6 hour miniseries; much like the Jacksons American Dream and The Temptations were, and compared to those 2, the New Edition Story is right up there with the aforementioned.
The miniseries shows us a behind the scenes look at the lives of Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph and Johnny Gill; the cast for the members did an excellent job from the time when they were kids to all grown up, even the legend Wood Harris as the manager Brook Payne did a good job. Watching the first episode of this was crazy knowing that Bobby Brown was the one who basically started the group while Michael Bivins was the brains behind it, but that was later on. Like any other group in the music business, they got robbed out of their money just like almost everybody else, it was a damn shame to watch this and see how many records they sold and touring and only coming back to a check for $1.87, even when they were kids, signing a deal for $500 and a motor bike was terrible.
Episode one really displayed how New Edition grew really fast in the industry, they went from recording Candy Girl to on tour performing records like Is This The End, Chris Robinson directed the hell out of this by the way. Episode two took us inside the MCA Records world, Bobby Brown's departure, the addition of Johnny Gill, and of course the drama, Bobby has a kid, starts doing drugs then is voted out the group due to his wild actions. Through their time with MCA they were still getting ripped off, the group was still living in the projects while making money on tour and selling records, Ralph wants to go solo and doesn't tell the group until a meeting about how do they start over. Linking up with legendary producers and songwriters Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the group brings in Johnny Gill without telling Ralph, this is where Can You Stand The Rain is recorded and the rest is history. Watching this miniseries answered a lot of our questions and exposed us to things we didn't even know about, especially in episode 3. From a shooting and numerous fights happening on the Home Again tour, Ricky doing drugs, Ronnie snapping on Bobby, and Mike turning into what he was fighting for in the music business, egos out of control, not to mention almost off of them were doing countless spending having a tour bus for themselves with a huge entourage.
The New Edition Story is a great miniseries and it’s right up there with the Jacksons American Dream and Temptations, the cast did a great job portraying the group, watching this you could tell that if they wanted too, this miniseries could've been on for a week or 2 for 3 nights was still good, the only minor issue was how each solo career was kind of rushed in episode 3 but its understandable because you can't fit everything into a biopic, it would have been cool to see how Bobby Brown was apart of the Ghostbusters 2 soundtrack, creating his Bobby album (which is his best album) and even acting with Martin Lawrence, Ralph Tresvant had another hit with Money Can't Buy You Love for the Mo Money soundtrack but overall the biopic was on point and I can't wait to watch it when the blu ray drop, I'm giving the NE Story a 9/10.