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Alex Cross, Film Review by John Delia

October 19th, 2012 No comments

TYLER

PERRY

TRIES

ACTION ACTING

ALEX CROSS

Review by John Delia

Even with fine acting on the part of the central cast, Alex Cross rises to no more than average due to uneven directing and a weak screenplay. That said the film’s main star Tyler Perry should draw a huge audience of curiosity seekers who want to see his first film starring role as an action actor.   Read more…

FOR COLORED GIRLS review by John Delia

November 4th, 2010 No comments

thandie newton poster“YOU GO GIRLS”

Starring: Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson, Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad, Loretta Devine, Tessa Thompson, Whoopi Goldberg and Thandie Newton

Directed by: Tyler Perry

MPAA Rating: R for some disturbing violence including a rape, sexual content and language

Genre: Drama and Adaptation

Running Time: 2hs 14min

Release Date: November 5th, 2010

Distributed by: Lionsgate Films

By John Delia

The disturbing and provocative film For Colored Girls hits the screen from its long run in legitimate theatres.  With a cast of African American super stars, superb writing/direction the movie provides a canvas of characters that are touching, gut-wrenching, crass, emotional, protective, desperate, weak and abused due to the situations in which they find themselves. I liked this film very much and recommend it highly for mature adults.

For Colored Girls cast

For Colored Girls cast

The film weaves together the stories of nine different women – Jo, Tangie, Crystal, Gilda, Kelly, Juanita, Yasmine, Nyla and Alice – as they move into and out of one another’s existences; some are well known to one another, others are as yet strangers.  Crises, heartbreaks and crimes will ultimately bring these nine women fully into the same orbit where they will find commonality and understanding.  Each will speak her truth as never before.  And each will know that she is complete as a human being, glorious and divine in all her colors.

Kimberly Elise is 'Crystal' a battered housewife

Kimberly Elise is 'Crystal' a battered housewife

The original title for the film was taken from the play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf,” but has been shortened so the marketers and theatres can promote the film properly.  Tyler Perry adapts the film from the play by Ntozake Shange who wrote the piece as a chorepoem in 1974.  In it she exposes the black female experience through poetry, dance and music.  Perry brings the story to the screen in vivid passages showing the heartbreak, emotions, distraught feelings and outcome of the nine women extracted from Shange’s poetry.

Strong direction by Perry puts the moviegoer into all the dramatic action challenging them to witness each woman’s ordeal and make their own judgments.  His ability to work with the high-powered cast making each character realistic shows how brilliant he has become.   I love the way Perry slowly deals out his characters, each coming into contact with each other, on their way to the emotional ending.

Tyler Perry on the set with Janet Jackson

Tyler Perry on the set with Janet Jackson

It is hard to choose which actor gives the best performance as I found it a team effort.  The only negative I found is lodged in the script that is a bit longwinded for the screen.  The characters were a bit over emotional at times much like in the film Precious where it becomes so bleak it’s depressing. But, you’ll easily get over it.

The film is rated R for some disturbing violence including a rape, sexual content and language.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  A gut-wrenching film that has ‘must see’ written all over it. (5 of 5)