I deserve to DO bad ALL through MYSELF
by debbie lynn elias
I have actually long appreciated much the Tyler Perry’s work. Usually one that the token Caucasian press at screenings or press junkets, ns have regularly felt Perry’s work has elevated beyond that of a stereotypical caricature African-American and also successfully overcome over into every demographic through character characteristics relatable to every ethnicity, demographic and religion. Much more than anything, though, I uncover his characterizations an ext deeply rooted in Southern society a
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If nothing else, at the very least the location of this film is ideal because Tyler Perry has done bad, actual bad, every by himself v I have the right to DO poor ALL through MYSELF. And also I don't mean negative in a great way. I favor Tyler Perry. I usually like his characters. I choose the ethical messages he ultimately sends v his films. But I do NOT favor this film. And this film certainly does not attain the multi-ethnic demographic crossover because that which he is therefore famous. If anything, Perry bring away ten steps backward both through his message and characters and the top quality of the film together a whole.
Sixteen year old Jennifer and her two younger brothers, Manny and also Byron, haven’t had actually the easiest of lives. V the pass of their mother some year back, the kids were left in the care of your grandmother. But, as result of her advanced age and her have to work to support the children, lot of the child treatment of Manny and also Bryon dropped to Jennifer and one the the biggest concerns being Manny, an insulin dependent diabetic. However what walk a 16 year girl do once her grandm doesn’t come house from work and she’s the end of insulin to give her small brother? In Jennifer’s case, friend break right into the residence of non-other than that pistol-packing jailbird grandma called Madea, and get captured while trying come steal a 20 year old VCR.
Irascible come a fault, Madea might talk a good game yet at heart, she’s just that - all heart. Quite than revolve the kids over to the police and also given the i can not qualify to find grandma, Madea transforms the children over to their Aunt April v the proviso the they will work off your debt and also thievery by cleaning Madea’s house and learning part responsibility. Small does Madea understand just how much responsibility Jennifer currently carries.
But Aunt April is anything but the world’s greatest aunt. Hating kids, no wanting kids, deeming children nothing however a pain, she makes it clear the these aren’t walking to destroy her life and also they will be gone as shortly as grandma is found. And also what that April’s life? Heavy-drinking (oh let’s simply say the - drunk) nightclub singer, she steals native the club she functions at, kicks homeless human being down on their luck in the face, sleeps all day, smokes like a chimney, resides in a residence left to her by she father that she has actually run right into disrepair, and has she married boyfriend Randy shacking up through her and also paying she bills when he has a wife and also kids and another one top top the means that he also “puts increase with.” (And follow to Randy, the ain’t taking nuthin’ from no woman.) Ah yes, Aunt April is a fine instance of a human being. Selfish to a tee, she care nothing about Manny’s medical problem which still pipeline Jennifer come fend for him.
As happy would have it though, together Jennifer is caught stealing however again, this time indigenous the pharmacy and as she tries come escape capture, runs right into none other than the pastor Brian in ~ the regional Zion Baptist Church. Seeing a boy in need and also living with “Aunt April” (whose reputation comes before her), minister Brian watch a possibility for redemption and hope - a young immigrant called Sandino that benefitted from the church’s missionary job-related in his country some year back. And of course, on comes to America through no papers, job or money, heading for the benevolence the the church was the just right point to do.
Placing Sandino in April’s home to perform repairs in exchange for room and board, Sandino quickly finds himself falling in love through the children and also April, back April shuns every kindness presented to her, opting instead to store her money tree going v Randy. However what happens when the minister learns that Grandma has passed away? will certainly Jennifer, Manny and also Byron stay with April or be placed into foster care? What will end up being of Sandino? and also most importantly, what will take place to the wayward April?
The many spectacular part of the film, and yes, i say spectacular, is hope Olaide Wilson. Together Jennifer, she is phenomenal! her emotional variety is incredible. And when she smiles, she lights up the entire film. She has an inside strength and vulnerability that merely shines on screen. She is the singular reason to see this film. One more darling is Kwesi Boayke who, together Manny, steals every scene, including those that shares with Tyler Perry’s Madea. Despite small dialogue, that conveys emotion with his face expression that speaks volumes and also elicits laughs and love.
I yes, really enjoy and also like Adam Rodriguez. Together Sandino, he brings some real emotion to the story and gives the a backbone and also sense the hope and pride that the various other adult characters lack. I am, however, disappointed that his character and his relationship with the children and April wasn't emerged more. The is the an ext interesting component of the whole story.
On the other hand, is Taraji P. Henson. As an actress I prefer her; in fact, i loved she story arc in "Boston Legal". Now, here, while she acting together April is fine, the character itself is stereotypical ghetto or negative African-American - drunk chain smoking woman, living for a man that lies, cheats and beats her - a fault which lies with Tyler Perry himself. This characterizations is no going come appeal to the crossover demography or in countless cases, Perry’s predominantly African-American demographic and may, in fact, have many wagging the fingers and also tongues about stereotypical worthlessness. This is not any kind of blog post to be sending to anyone.
Big kudos walk to mar J. Blige. As April’s finest friend Tanya, she perfect conveys that bartender-best friend vibe and also was believable without going ghetto. Together Tanya, she is the sort of girlfriend everyone needs. Not to it is in missed are some incredible vocals through Gladys Knight who plays the god-fearing Wilma as well as Blige’s power of the film’s theme which she co-wrote with Chuck Harman and also Ne-Yo.
But one of the many disappointing parts of the film is Madea. More or less a throw-away character, there really is no need for she in the story. The children could have just as conveniently started out breaking into the pharmacy or all over else in order to set them up. Madea is such a strong, funny character that once Perry place her right into a story, he demands to save her there and work her into the plotline more from a grandmotherly sense. Here, the children lost your grandmother and while Madea is no great shakes, she does carry out a strength, discipline and also guidance that would have functioned well. As the film currently stands, girlfriend could virtually lift she character the end completely. And that's a shame, due to the fact that Perry is as well funny as Madea.
Written and directed by Perry, overall, the story is too brief on redemption and also actually "glorifies” the life April leads, making it look attractive to young girls in terms of the nightclubbing, performing ~ above stage and also men wanting them. Perry can have simply as quickly written April as a nasty unfeeling daughter and aunt, probably with a wire of bad boyfriends in stimulate to work-related in Sandino's character. The story doesn’t need her kinda- sorta shacking up with a married guy, presented in an nearly celebratory manner from April’s perspective. Also disturbing to the context is one off-handed sexual abuse aspect seemingly tossed in as simply a by-product- after-thought that is not just tacky, however disrespectful to the audience together a whole and to victims of sexual abuse. While I carry out like the optimistic moralistic aspect of the film, over there is nothing to yes, really show any passage the time with any "Come come Jesus" moments of every character. Nothing to adjust the stage for the development of any real relationships of sincerity, truth and also love, which leads to too flippant an ending for such a serious component of the film’s message.
From a technical and directorial standpoint, i am anything however impressed; so lot so that during the screening, I want to rip film out of the projector. BAD, BAD, bad edits in in ~ least 4 places that space so poor that several scenes are cut-off mid-scene, mid-sentence. I can only expect these deficiencies space in the publish I screened and also not what is being spread to the theatres. I as for the "lip sync" and also looping of the music, this is some of the worst ns have ever before seen in a movie - particularly with Gladys Knight. Words space still being sung when the mouths room closed. The all-out belting of mary J. Blige has actually bodily activities synced come the song, but in areas her mouth isn’t synced. Really noticeable flaws and much more than disturbing. Over there are also an extreme amount the “drop-in shots”, an especially when it concerns Gladys Knight. There is no happiness or reason to them and also they perform nothing to boost the film or the story. And laugh if you will, yet for me, among the worst visuals in the movie is the make-up on mary J. Blige's arm in the last block party scene. A BAAAADDDDD task at trying come cover up her best arm tattoo v the makeup color being lighter 보다 her skin tone, standing out like the pour it until it is full in an Oreo cookie.
Key come every Tyler Perry movie is music, an especially gospel music. Here, he has a very eclectic choice including “Rock Steady” written by Aretha Franklin and voiced by Cheryl Pepsii Riley, “Need come Be” created by Jim Weatherly and also performed through Knight and of course, Blige’s rousing performances the “I have the right to Do Bad” and also “Good woman Down:.” Wonderful pieces all, but include to these around 3 or 4 other strong gospel songs and also the Baptist choir and also the music i do not care overkill. Insufficiently interwoven v the story to have actually a sense of belonging of unity v the script, several of the songs feel choose outsiders again v a feeling of being "dropped-in” as a device to seize some various other demographics.
Disappointing overall, I can DO bad ALL through MYSELF falls brief in to compare to few of Perry’s various other films and also the level the excellence both technically and from a storytelling standpoint. Sorry Tyler, yet I need to say it, friend did bad all by yourself v this one.
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April - Taraji P. Henson
Jennifer - expect Olaide Wilson
Sandino - Adam Rodriguez
Manny - Kwesi Boakye
Tanya - mary J. Blige
Wilma - Gladys Knight
Written and also Directed by Tyler Perry based upon Perry’s stage play that the very same name.