For Colored Girls: An Emotional Rollercoaster

Tyler Perry has done it again, but this time a little differently.  In his first rated-R film which he wrote, directed and produced, Tyler Perry has brought Ntozake Shange's play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf, to the silver screen and trimmed the title to simply, For Colored Girls.  The movie has an all-star cast which includes Whoopi Goldberg, Thandie Newton, Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, and Phylicia Rashad each portraying a different black female voice.  

This film is dra-mat-ic (to say the least)! If you are like me and you had never seen the play and had to rely solely on the previews for the film to clue you in, you will be surprised at what you find once the movie begins.  Each one of the women are living amongst their own issues and battling with their own conflicts as black women in New York City.  I must say this is an interesting story enveloped in some really tough issues for Perry to develop and I think he did a fine job doing so. 

Because it is based off of a "choreopoem", there are times within the film where the actors will break off and deliver a poem in a monologue.  I cannot say that I cared for that particular delivery, because it was then that I became disconnected from the film.  When a poem was delivered in a voice-over with the scene or a montage of scenes continuing to go on, I was then able to stay connected and focused on the characters and what was being said by them, while also being able to take in the poem.  Some of the ways in which the poems were delivered is the only gripe that I have with the film, but in this case it is to each's own, whether this bothers you or not.

Loretta Devine did a great job in the movie!  I love Loretta Devine anyway, but she just reaffirmed her talent in her role as Juanita.  She is such a breath of fresh air and serves as the backbone along with Phylicia Rashad in the movie.  Devine conveys, what I believed to be the most powerful poem in the film "Someone Ran Off With All My Stuff".  That poem is so poignant and placed perfectly within the script that it it will resonate with you after the movie is over.

The film takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions and it is something quite like a puzzle that you sit and piece together as the movie progresses.  I would say see it for yourself and see what all the talk is about.  I have a feeling we will be seeing Perry among the nominees come Oscar time and I wouldn't be surprised if there are a few cast members sitting right beside him for the stellar performances in this work of art.

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