Saturday, November 13, 2010

For Colored Girls film is powerful, if not ideal, translation

In 1975, a new performance hit the platform in California. “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” became nearly right away popular. Perry, translated this play for the big screen. This interpretation opens on November 5 around the United States. The movie is mostly successful. Reviews, nevertheless, are somewhat blended.

'For Colored Girls’ is a play going on

Ntozake Shange in 1975 wrote “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.” Poems are told in the play. Seven black women have their stories told through this. Each of the women is identified with the color they wear – Lady in Red, Lady in Green, etc. The play was nominated for a Tony award for Best Play in 1977, and has been awarded the Drama Desk Award, Theater World Award, and Tony Award for Best Featured Actress.

‘For Colored Girls’ movie adaptation

Tyler Perry is directing the movie "For Colored Girls" after writing and producing it. Tyler Perry’s participation in the “For Colored Girls” movie has been questioned by many people. The adaption into a movie is actually quite good though. The movie attempts to weave the poems of the original “For Colored Girls” play in with the new movie script. Sometimes it is powerful. It is moving too. Occasionally the poems don't really work. They just are distracting.

Strong performances in ‘For Colored Girls’ movie

The strongest part of the “For Colored Girls” movie is most certainly within the performances. The movie was much stronger with the all-star cast of strong women. Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson and Macy Gray are all within the movie. They all do well in their parts. There are moments that the movie feels a bit “off” — but that could well be the fact that the movie maintains much of the language from 1975, which feels a bit “old” in a modern context. The movie "For Colored Girls" is a movie you need to go see. You need to watch the play though if you ever get the chance.

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Citations

Wikipedia

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_Colored_Girls_Who_Have_Considered_Suicide_When_the_Rainbow_Is_Enuf



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