Published on November 13th, 2010 | by thevyne1
Vyne World Movie Review: For Colored Girls
It was hard to avoid all the buzz and chatter surrounding Tyler Perry’s latest film, “For Colored Girls.” Between the people who saw the original Ntozake Shange play on Broadway and the people who had no clue what the film was about, there was a ground swell of anticipatory energy for this film adaptation. Needless to say, I made it a top priority to check the film out upon returning from my business travels and I have to say…I’m glad that I did.
While I’m always nervous when I hear that a musical is being turned into a film, I wasn’t sure what to expect about a famed play of poetry being adapted for the big screen. But I settled in (sans popcorn) with an open mind to the possibilities of this film.
For two hours I watch as Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Whoppi Goldberg, Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson and Kerry Washington breathed raw, emotional life into their respective colors of the rainbow. I watched as Tyler Perry weaved a colorfully climactic, connective story between the commanding poems of Ntozake Shange. This was no easy feat, but he had the help of an incredible cast that turned in one powerful performance after another. Between Kimberly Elise calling up the pain and tears of “brown” during her gut wrenching scene and Thandie Newton vamping up the “orange” sorrow and secrets of the past, the film tossed you from one color of the rainbow to the next. Newcomer Tessa Thompson held her own amidst the star-studded cast as Nyla or “purple” and while Macy Gray had only one scene, it was an absolutely haunting performance. Probably the only portion I would have wanted to change would be the ending. It felt like there could have been more to close the story out, but perhaps that’s just my need for an ending with a bow on it.
For Colored Girls is not your typical movie going experience. You have to go to it with your mind open to the creative marriage of poetry, script and film. Kailei asked me today, “so did you like it?” It was hard for me to answer that question because the palpable heartbreak and tragedy of this film is such that you don’t just “like” this film. You’re moved by it. You’re struck by it. You’re speechless because of it but you don’t just “like” it. You experience it. And for that, I give it 3.5 out of 4 “colorful” berries on The Vyne.