This film is intense and you shouldn't go into it unless you have a box of Kleenex by your side and are ready to go into the darkest alleys of people's pain. Contrary to the title of this film, it is not and should not be limited to "colored girls". It should be shown to all of the colors of the rainbow and to both sexes because this poetic tapestry of pain is a human story. Even if it isn't yours, you should listen and learn from it.
"Women give up so much, just so much of their power."
There are eight different female weavers to this tapestry, intertwining the yarn of their lives with colors of everything from rape to murder to abuse to promiscuity to HIV to abortion. Each story, each weaver, has such a weight that at times you're not sure if the actress can carry it on her shoulders. Yet, surprisingly each of the actresses weave their stories so well that you feel as if you are right there, wanting to reach out and give them a comforting hug because you have no idea what else to do.
It is harder than one would think to adapt a play for the screen, just like it's difficult for a novel to be adapted to film. In the same sense, the story somehow doesn't have the same cathartic feeling to it than it does in its original form. However, Tyler Perry did an incredible job of keeping the film in the same style of the play.
Some critique the soliloquies that the actresses perform throughout the film, saying that it isn't realistic and takes away from the overall pace of the film. Perhaps, it's my theater background or the fact that I've written and performed spoken word and enjoy that style of performance, but I enjoyed the poetic asides that each actress uses to illustrate her own story. It helps to bring her voice out, when it's been lost underneath all the other excuses and lies that she's told herself so much so that she gives away all of her power before she knows what she's done.
There is a wonderful ending to the film, which doesn't put any special gloss on the roller coaster you just went on but, you still walk away feeling that the women, with all their pain and grief and anger, are all going to be alright. They have created a thing of beauty out of each of their painful stories and it becomes a poetic tapestry of hope and faith.
FOR COLORED GIRLS Written and Directed by Tyler Perry Starring Janet Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise and Whoopi Goldberg Crystal: Part of me knows this is happening but part of me thinks I’m dreaming. Am I awake? Up until seeing FOR COLORED GIRLS, I had never seen a Tyler Perry film. I’m not a fan of men in fat suits dressed up as women and I’m not really the … more
I suppose when it comes down to it, sometimes you either like a director and his/her films or not, and with Tyler Perry, for me it's a not. I've not been a fan of his Medea films because the humor just doesn't appeal to me personally. Often the direction is too broad and the characters are mere cliches. Well, here Perry has shown that he can create a rather compelling drama, unfortunately he also has shown the same predilection for very broad direction and cliche characters. … more
Opens Friday, November 5, 2010 | Runtime:2 hr. 0 min.
Some disturbing violence including a rape, sexual content and language
Based on Ntozake Shange's award-winning 1975 play, which consists of a series of poems performed through a cast of nameless women, known only by a color. It deals with such subjects as love, abandonment, rape, and abortion. It later morphed into an Emmy Award-nominated television special and is still being performed around the world.Read More
Cast: Kimberly Elise, Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine