Like its predecessors, number seven offers diverse casting, rooting-interest-friendly teamwork, excessive and preposterous vehicular mayhem, and car-toonish indestructibility.
Holiday movies don’t come any more Christmasy than “Black Nativity,” a heart-on-its-sleeve musical fable of family friction that radiates holiday spirit.
This installment pretty much matches the impact, appeal, and quality of its immediate predecessor. And it sports a playful and not inappropriate sense of humor.
The first sequel took things from bad to worse. The second brings them back to merely bad.
Although this fifth installment in the franchise is not exactly the charm, it is the pick of the litter, even though, as before, excess and preposterousness trump nuance and logic.