For Colored Girls
is a very powerful movie.
Janet Jackson as Jo / Red
Whoopi Goldberg as Alice / White
Thandie Newton as Tangie / Orange
Loretta Devine as Juanita / Green
Anika Noni Rose as Yasmine / Yellow
Kimberly Elise as Crystal / Brown
Kerry Washington as Kelly / Blue
Tessa Thompson as Nyla / Purple
Phylicia Rashad as Gilda/ Gray
Michael Ealy as Beau Willie
Macy Gray as Rose
Omari Hardwick as Carl
Hill Harper as Donald
Khalil Kain as Bill
Richard Lawson as Frank
An exceptionally formidable ensemble.
Everyone delivers a great performance; Kimberly Elise and Loretta Devine were tremendous.
As soon as I heard Tyler Perry was making Ntozake Shange’s play into a film, I thought it was an ambitious move, but was excited to see the results and I truly believe it’s a job well done. It’s a very important story to be told and if the final product is any indication as to the kind of films Perry wants to make in the future, then it is most definitely a step in the right direction.
Shange’s words resonant so strongly and I loved when the various women would slip into monologues; Anika Noni Rose has beautiful and bright moments, where she passionately talks about her love of dance, whereas Tessa Thompson utters much more disturbing and dark words about an experience that she endures in the film (I don’t want to say too much), but it’s an another extremely effective moment.
You really must see this film. Simply for the strength of the cast. It is amazing to see so many wonderful actresses, Black actresses, in such demanding roles. Although, I can’t help but feel that seeing them portray these vibrant or troubled, but above all, complex characters demonstrates just how talented they are and perhaps illustrates just how underutilized they are in Hollywood. There is a lack of good roles for not just Black actresses, but actresses in general…
Check out more Behind the Scenes footage after the jump…