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[Review] 'The Color Purple' Musical Adaption Does Not Skip A Beat Over Overall Message.


The Color Purple, originally a novel written by Alice Walker, captivated audiences when it was adapted into a feature film in 1985. Directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring an all-star cast including Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, and Oprah Winfrey, the film became a box office success, grossing $94 million. It later became a popular play musical written by Marsha Norman, grossing over $100 million in sales. Now, Warner Bros has decided to revisit this timeless story and adapt the play musical version into a feature film.


Let's be honest, Warner Bros' "The Color Purple" does not need any music to get audiences to follow the rhythm of Its overall theme. Walk with me.


The Color Purple [2023] continues to explore themes of sexism, racism, classism, and generational trauma. Each character in the story deals with their own struggles and traumas, making it a deeply resonant and powerful narrative. The upcoming remake aims to bring this story to a new generation of fans, with a star-studded cast and the creative vision of director Blitz Bazawule, known for his work on Beyonce's Black Is King. Lets dive in, shall we?


Generational Trauma and Self-Discovery

One of the central themes of The Color Purple continues to explore is the exploration of generational trauma and how it shapes the characters' lives. Each character carries the weight of their past, and their journey towards self-discovery is a powerful aspect of the story. The remake continues to capture the essence of this theme and resonate with a new generation of viewers.


The Power of Music in Storytelling

I have to be blunt, I was a little nervous because this particular story, I feel, has such a serious tone... My concern was that the music would just gloss right over this, but the subsequent play musical incorporated music as a storytelling device. However, I had concerns about whether the music would overshadow the serious and dark tone and message of the story in the remake. While the beginning of the film may feel too perky and fast-paced, it eventually pulls the audience in and strikes a balance between the music and the storytelling.


Stellar Performances and Visuals

There are some really great musical pieces in this film... The set design, the movie is beautiful...there is an abudance of black excellence on screen throughout and The Color Purple 2023 boasts an impressive cast, including Fantasia, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Corey Hawkins, Halle Bailey, and David Allen Grier. The performances in the film are top-notch, with each actor delivering powerful and captivating portrayals. Additionally, the cinematography and set design are visually stunning, creating a feast for the eyes in every scene.


The stellar performances and visually stunning production design elevate the film to new heights. Danielle Brooks' portrayal of Sofia, once played by Oprah Winfrey, brings a whole new layer to the character. Whereas a lot of her is the same, it just simply pleasant to see her express herself on screen. She is easily the my favorite and stand out charcter in the film. The inclusion of other talented actors like Taraji P. Heson as Shug Avery, and Corey Hawkins as Harpo, bring a fresh perspective to the characters, while the cinematography and set design create a visually immersive experience. There is no doubt in my mind that there will be an Academy Award nomination for best costume or set design in the future for The Color Purple 2023.


Now we have to talk up the protagonist, Fantasia. She is easily believable in her space. Geniuely made for this role as a performer and as well a person. You will without a doubt walk a mile in her shoes the whole way through nodding with encoragement that she will see her character Celie all the way to the other side. But charcter and casting are the least of the issues with The Color Purple.


The decision to remake The Color Purple as a feature film based on the play musical version opens up new possibilities for storytelling, but served as a risk for me. Most musical adaptions are hit or miss lacking the ability to translate well to feature film. While some may have reservations about the inclusion of music in a serious narrative, the film does manage to strike a balance and deliver a compelling experience towards the later half of the film. I honestly believe this is a story that could be retold without the rhytmic backdrop and make the same impact. With its stellar performances and visually stunning production design, the remake breathes new life into the story and introduces it to a new generation of viewers.


As we eagerly await the release of The Color Purple hitting theaters everywhere Decemeber 25th, it is clear that this film has the potential to make a significant impact. By revisiting a beloved story and adapting it for a modern audience. So, mark your calendars and get ready to experience the magic of The Color Purple once again. Let us come together to celebrate the power of resilience, self-discovery, and the triumph of the human spirit. The Color Purple 2023 is a cinematic journey with a lasting cinematic impact worth checking out.


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