A few days ago I typed the following words in an email to one of my gal pals: “Hey, if you aren’t busy, do you want to go see the new Tyler Perry movie on Friday?”
If you know me well, that’s a question you never expected from me. I am not a fan of Perry. At all. I’ve said before that while I appreciate the Christian elements of his works, his formulaic plot leaves much to be desired. Nearly every movie and play are the same: Black woman is done wrong by dark-skinned black man. God-fearing light-skinned black man tries to show her all men aren’t dogs. Initially angry black woman resists and even considers giving dark-skinned black man a second chance, but he screws up again, light-skinned holy man swoops in and saves the day and they live happily ever after.
Furthermore, I have yet to figure out why a man dressed in drag and a fat suit and toting a pistol is funny. You can call me a black snob or uppity Negro if you’d like. Honestly, I wouldn’t argue with you. But despite all that, this Buppie can’t wait to see “For Colored Girls,” Perry’s latest work.
Like others, when I first learned that Perry was doing a film adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s 1975 play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” I was nervous. I don’t want Madea anywhere near a piece that deals with the pain of abortion and rape and the process of finding divinity within yourself. But according to interviews, Perry has been to hell and back himself, so I’m hoping he has drawn on these experiences to create a film that will truly honor Shange’s revolutionary play. Once I see the movie, I’ll be sure to let you all know what I think.
With a line-up that boasts names like Whoopi Goldberg, Thandie Newton, and Phylicia Rashad, the cast gives me great expectations and the trailer (below) gives me chills. I just hope Perry doesn’t let us colored girls down.