Before I answer the question in the heading...It's been a slow blogging week for me because I've been spending a lot of time with my mom. We've had some serious estrogen bonding over the last week. In between the shopping, celebrity gossip and chats about men we had to throw in a Tyler Perry flick. I saw "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" and loved it. Taraji P. Henson acts her behind off. The teen actress who plays her niece, Hope Olaide Wilson will have you in tears. CSI: Miami's Adam Rodriguez is tender and oh so yummy. I know Perry likes to thread a church theme throughout his films, but church was the last thing on my mind when Rodriguez was on screen. And of course Perry is hilarious as Madea. Lately we've seen less and less of Madea in his films. I wonder if Perry is weaning us off our favorite (and only?) gangsta granny. Madea didn't even pull out her gun in this film. Madea, are you getting soft on us?
Perry has said he's tired of doing Madea and he probably still puts on the fake boobs and floral dress to lure moviegoers in. Mades is becoming less relevant in his story lines. Maybe he's ready for something more serious like For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf. Perry will write and direct a film adaption of Ntozake Shange's 1975 stage play. Shame on me because I haven't read the book. The play deals with heavy topics like love, rape and abandonment through the experiences of black women. Subjects Perry has tackled in his films. We know Perry has a passion for black women and our struggles. Black folks may disagree on his approach, but the black woman's plight is a strong presence in his work. So why couldn't he turn down the fluff even more and tackle a deep piece of work? A little fluff and comedy is not a bad thing in some films. But, Perry must bring the fire to "For Colored Girls..." because he'll have a lot to prove here. Mainly, can he do something besides black Southern- Christian Comedy? I think he can. If I'm wrong I'll admit it next year when the film is scheduled for release.
I would have preferred for a sista to write and direct this film. Someone like Julie Dash is ideal. Women in general are underrepresented behind the camera. Doesn't it makes sense for a woman of color to tell a black woman's story? Still, I'll give Perry a chance. My only problem so far with the film is the casting. The Village Voice reports Perry's dream cast is Oprah Winfrey, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Kimberly Elise, Cicely Tyson, Beyonce, Ruby Dee, Thandie Newton, Alicia Keys, and Mariah Carey. I love, love, love Beyonce's music. As for her acting, she needs to step it up. If I pay $10 for a movie I want top-quality acting on the screen. What about Nia Long, Jill Scott, Lynn Whitfield, Whoopi , Alfre Woodard or Kerry Washington? Throw in some of those names to the mix.
Speak your mind! Can Tyler Perry pull this off? Who would you like to see in the film?