|For Colored Girls|
I went to see For Colored Girls last night for the 1st time, so I decided to give my little review on the film....
First off, I just want to send off my respects to EVERY actress in this film, for doing such a superb job. Everyone played their roles well. My two stand-out performances in this film (as far as Oscar consideration goes), is Kimberly Elise and Loretta Divine.
|Oscar Worthy Performance|
Kimberly Elise-Kimberly played a mother of two young kids, who was being abused by their insecure father (played by Michael Ealey--good performance from him btw). She worked as an assistant to Janet's character as well. In every scene of Kimberly's character, I felt her. I felt her pain, I felt her tears, I felt her emotions and I felt her drama. It is like I had an emotional connection to her character, and I haven't even been through half of what she's been through. That ladies and gentlemen, is what you call an Extraordinary Acting Performance. My only problem when Kimberly's character (is a problem I actually had with several of the actresses characters), was there wasn't enough focus on her character, to bring out all you wanted to see from her performance. I think this may have had something to do with too many characters and scenarios in the film.
|Oscar Worthy Performance|
|Anika Noni Rose|
Anika Noni Rose- Anika played a dance instructor that met what she thought was good man. To make a story short, she invited him to dinner and he raped her. After that point, I really got lost with her character. I mean there were a few scenes after her rape incident that were touching, but I do not think you can go from such a powerful such as rape, and then kind of lose the focus of that character. Her performance could have been Oscar worthy but yet again, the focus drifted away from her too many times.
Whoopi Goldberg-What can I say about Whoopi?? Whoopi played an overly-religious mother of (Thandie Newton and Tessa Thompson's characters), who did not want her younger daughter to fall into the foot steps of her older daughter. Whoopi's performance was really good, and could have possibly been considered for an Oscar had her character had more focus. What I think could have added to her character, was at the end of the film, when all of the women came together (minus Whoopi) and recited poetry to connect to each other, is have Whoopi walk up very dramatically, reciting poetry to both her daughters, in a powerful riveting way. I think they should have showed her forgiving her eldest daughter in that scene. I really saw no redemption between her and her eldest daughter, and that would have added so much more to her character had they done it that way.
Overall, superb film, the best of Tyler Perry's films. Will go down in the ranks of "greatest films with a black ensemble cast,", along with The Color Purple, Boyz In The Hood, Soul Food, Waiting To Exhale, Raisin In The Sun. I think Tyler did a swell job with the conveying of the poetry in the film and getting the best out of the actresses. My only gripes with him are:
- He did not build up to the powerful scenes that occurred in the film...they just happen unexpectedly, out of nowhere. In other words, he did not prepare the audience for what was about to happen
- He did not focus enough on the characters for the audience to really get into. I am pretty sure if there were more focus on many of the characters, we could see multiple Oscar nominations, because the film's characters had so much potential
- Eliminate some of the characters. I think Janet and Kerri's characters were unnecessary, and did not add much to flow of the film
- Gave the film a different title. When I watched this film,I did not just see a black woman's problem, I saw something ALL women could relate to. For the title alone, I think he may have steered away a diverse audience, which could have resulted in a bigger turn-out
Basically, at times throughout the film, I felt disconnected from the characters. Once the focus was on the character, you start to get into that character, and then 'poof', you find yourself being disconnected too quickly, and into another character. The problem was never Tyler under-performing the actresses, cause he did a spectacular job bringing the best out of them. I guess there lies the inexperience of Tyler as a director, but a starting point in the right direction nonetheless. I think the cinematography could have been more precise and more riveting. But overall, a well-done job from Tyler Perry.
Overall out of 5 stars I give the film 4.5 stars
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