Dear Contrarians Who Are Determined to To Insist that There Will Be Some Merit to the Movie Version of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf Because You Loved the 1975 Play by Ntozake Shange —
I don’t care. It’s a Tyler Perry film. The difference between this Tyler Perry film and other Tyler Perry films is that this one is based on a series of poems, which means that, instead of having heavy-handed, melodramatic dialogue, it will have heavy-handed, melodramatic gibberish. Yes: Perry did assemble a decent enough cast for For Colored Girls. I, too, like Thandie Newton, Kerry Washington, Phylicia Rashad, and sometimes Loretta Devine. But that doesn’t matter: Perry is usually capable of assembling decent casts, but it hasn’t made any of his movies watchable. And yes: I understand that For Colored Girls deals with a lot of heavy issues, like abandonment, rape, and abortion, which only give Perry more license to be heavy-handed. Now he can do it under the guise of angling for an Oscar. He will not get an Oscar, however, because he is a very bad director.
Please do not suggest that I don’t know what I’m talking about because I haven’t seen the play. I’ve seen Tyler Perry movies. And now, I’ve seen the trailer for For Colored Girls, and it looks like dull, pretentious heavy-handedness. If you would like to sing the praises of the play, please: Be my guest. But do not assume that the merits of Shange’s work will translate well onto the screen under the direction of Tyler Perry.
p.s. Don’t start, Pookie.