When I saw the trailer for the movie “For Colored Girls,” I thought that it looked like a good movie and I should go and see it. Sandy Kenyon’s review last Friday told viewers that we’d be crying rivers until Monday. Friends told me that if I went to see it, I’d need to bring with me a box of Kleenex.
Then I found out that this movie was adapted from an eighty-paged book of poetry by Ntozake Shange. Interesting I thought as I considered the fact that the movie was based on poetry. Poetry embodies a plethora of emotion. I’ve found it that poets can tell a story the way a regular writer can’t. A poet can tell such a good story that it can be adapted into Broadway plays first and then be brought into the movie theatres. Interest was definitely sparked.
Consider a movie with a cast that has some of the most excellent actresses on the face of the earth. You can tell the way a drama will be played out just by the people who are acting in it. For instance, Kimberly Elise (Set It Off) is known for her facial emotions and gestures; she did a fantastic job. If I had the power of nominating individuals for Oscars, I’d nominate Kimberly Elise played the role of a mother of two trying to protect herself and her children from her abusive husband, a war vet that is constantly drinking and constantly made at the world. Kimberly Elise played her role with such believability, it made me appreciate her character.
Whoopi Goldberg (the Color Purple) plays the mother of an oversexed daughter and also of a young daughter just graduating from high school played by Thandi Newton (Mission Impossible II) and Tessa Thompson. With the humor that she is known to have, she flavors her role as a religious freak generously. Anika Rose (Dreamgirls) played the role of a graceful dancer who teaches a group of young girls. She’s witty and has lots of energy. Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show) played the role of the building manager and also as a great friend. Janet Jackson (Why Did I Get Married II) was wonderful in her role as a successful business owner. Loretta Devine (Waiting To Exhale) played a nurse and also a small not-for-profit business owner.
I’ve heard it said before that there can only be one protagonist in a drama. But I feel as if the protagonist in “For Colored Girls Only” are woman who deal with the things of the world that might not always be so easy and can be pushed to the edge by the antagonist, the men. Some of the men included Michael Ealy (The Barber Shop), Richard Lawson (Half & Half), Omari Hardwick (Beauty Shop), and Hill Harper (CSI NY) just to name a few. Not to make the men unimportant, but this movie is “For Colored Girls Only Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.”
The movie is excellent. I can’t believe how much emotion it really did actually bring out of me. Moments of tears found me flooding the carpeted floor of the Loews theater. When I felt a little bit better and thought that I was able to settle, my feet got damp from the wet carpet. But suddenly it dried as the emotions turned to sunshine and made me feel all warm inside. I even experienced the cold of winter in the scrolling of scenes. When you can get so much out of movie, you know it is good. I enjoyed it and definitely recommend it to you all. Tyler Perry directed an awesome flick.
Just a few recommendations. Bring an umbrella, because the river that will come from those seated behind you might soak you. Bring a box of tissues with you because you never know when that moment will come when you need to dry your own tears. And also, bring your full attention to the screen because you won’t want to miss even one part. I know I didn’t. Enjoy the show.