First Look: For Colored Girls…
While I’m not one of the millions who runs out every time a Tyler Perry film is released (in fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of his films on purpose), I know I will find myself dropping cashmoney in the theater to see For Colored Girls, if I can wade through all the criticism both legitimate and somewhat fatuous – uh, the shortened name is not a Rosa Parks moment, folks. And I’m not sure why that’s even meaningful discourse. Unless it’s the chow chow of folks whose racial experience isn’t reflected in the film and they don’t want to feel left out or something. The full title: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf is just not going to fit on a marquee or poster. C’mon, people, act like you got some goddamn sense. Besides, the source material is powerful regardless of what it’s called.
The play – For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf – was written by Ntozake Shange. I’m eager to see how this very “play-ish” play will be adapted for screen and how Perry’s pull this off so not to have a whole bunch of sistas pissed at him. I had my reservations. FCGWHCSWTIS is some serious, special stuffs, and Perry’s talents are usually best served when he’s giving the buppies and educated, professional, middle class black folks comedic versions of themselves that ring both true and false. I like how everyone in his movies – at least the females – have nice jobs. Well except Madea, whose job it seems is to get into everyone’s business. I hope you’re not sitting up here waiting for some kind of analysis of his damn movies. You better get the fuck up on out of here with that foolishness and complain someone who cares.
And the blactresses. I thought I’d died and gone to an Ebony Fashion Fair Roadshow! The cast includes:
Anika Noni Rose!
Miss Jackson, if you’re nasty!
Kimberly Elise, who can act circles around 99% of these cheesy, talentless, interchangeable ingénues that mainstream Hollywood keeps subjecting film audiences to.
I am so excited about this. Though somewhat stunned Angela Bassett is not in the film! Here’s the trailer. What do you think?
No offense, Janet, but La Mommie was a little better in the role you’re playing! Watching the trailer brought me back to Germany and watching my mom rehearse scenes. She played, “The Lady in Red” and had the best monologue of the entire play; (DON’T READ IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS) “a Nite with Beau Willie Brown”. Though based on the top pic, I don’t think Janet is doing that monologue. It looks like Kimberly Elise might be and if so, she’s gonna shut. it. down.
The use of names rather than colors – duh, that’s what the “colored” part of the title alludes to – is kind of odd. I’m guessing based on the name “Tangie”, Thandie Newton is playing “The Lady in Orange” or something. I’m just speculating, since IMDB didn’t really help me sort it out. I hesitate to throw my weight behind it entirely until I actually see the film – hopefully in a nice urban theater to avoid long, doleful glances of white folks who think I might need to “process” afterwards – but the trailer looks good and I’m feeling a lot more hopeful than I did when it was first announced that Perry was sniffing around the project.
For Colored Girls… drops November 5th!