Monday, February 14, 2011

MOVIE OF THE WEEK: The Color Purple


Pure excellence! This movie moved me like no other. I was balling my eyes out in the last scene (snotty nose and all!), even though it was the happiest part of the entire film! Steven Spielberg blew my mind with this one. I am astonished that this film was directed by a white man, as it so earnestly captured the plight of being black and a woman. Of course, he had a Pulitzer-prize winning novel to work from, but I can’t think of a single black director who could have done this film. Seriously, black directors and actors should study this film. Like “Precious”, this was devastating from the first scene, but in “The Color Purple” the drama never felt forced and it never strayed into melodrama (like all Tyler Perry films). I would have given this film every single Oscar it was nominated for (shockingly, it didn’t win any of them) as it was so perfectly crafted. The screenplay was amazing, with some lines stinging with such harsh truth. The acting was top notch, particularly Whoopie Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey and Maragaret Avery. There are so many scenes in this movie that can completely stand on their own. Easily makes my top 5 favourite films.

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