Posted by AfroElle On 11:05 AM
Tyler Perry, acclaimed director of several movies including the sequel 'Why Did I Get Married', has done it again, this time trying to reinvent his voice directing ‘For Coloured Girls’, a movie adaptation of 62 year old playwright and novelist Ntozake Shange’s award winning 1975 stage play 'for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enough.' While Ntozake’s play consists of seven different women from various points across the country, reciting“dark phrases of womanhood” in the form of poetry, dance and music, Perry’s film connects the lives of nine women living in a New York Harlem apartment building.
For Coloured Girls’ cast includes some of the best actresses in America, with Janet Jackson who plays Jo an icy fashion editrix, Kimberly Elise as Crystal, a working mother in an abusive marriage, Kerry Washington playing Kelly a social worker to Crystal’s kids and others including Whoopi Goldberg (Alice); a religious fanatic, Thandie Newton as Tangie , Gilda (Phylisia Rashad) the building manager, Loretta Devine and Anika Noni Rose.
The plot includes various situations surrounding Ntozake’s play affecting women in genral, from homicide, rape to domestic abuse and abortion . Perry finds a way of showing the different struggles of each of these women living in one building and how they come together to help each other in their tragedies.
Perry's attempt to adapt Ntozake's play was awaited with eager anticipation and has been received with mixed reviews. While some critics have compared the movie with the play concluding that the movie had fallen short, others, say Perry’s work should not be critiqued based on the original play. Some critics say they are tired of the stereotypes that demean uplifted black relationships and ‘coloreds’ while others conclude that Perry ‘For Coloured Girls’ was brilliant in portraying the struggles of not just the black woman but of women of all races.
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