Being an avid movie-watcher can, at times, be bittersweet. The “sweet” in a lot of movies comes from the enjoyable surprises, the perfect casting, the great special effects, the appropriate musical score, and so on and so on. The “bitter” in a lot of movies comes from the mundane repetition, the sequels upon sequels, the bad acting, the horrid predictability, etc. This new segment is my focus (complain-fest) on the latter.
Today, I present to you the first edition of: Rants of Whine & Reason
This segment that will pop up from time to time is where I will gripe and whine about something movie-related which bothers me and then give the reason(s) as to why. Ha! It’s going to be a lot of fun! 😀
You are encouraged to comment in support of or in defiance of my views and reasons. My hope is that this segment turns into a discussion thread each time one posts. This is the segment to let out your frustrations about the topic at hand or something else entirely that bothers you. Complain about the current trend of trailers for movie trailers, or Michael Bay’s involvement in the announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie, or even how in the world Kristen Stewart or Channing Tatum still seem to somehow get work in Hollywood! ha.
I’m sure that some of you will disagree with the things I choose to rant about. And that’s okay. As you agree or disagree, chime in with your thoughts and join in the conversation in the comment section. But, beware. Disagreeing with me runs the risk of me having my pal, Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction, “strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger!” 😉
Today’s Rant of Whine & Reason: TYLER PERRY MOVIES
Whine– I CANNOT STAND TYLER PERRY MOVIES ANYMORE. I used to, but now…nope!
Reason(s)– The first Tyler Perry movie I ever watched was Diary of a Mad Black Woman. And I will admit, I laughed and semi-liked it…mainly for Madea’s wild crazy antics that I had never seen before. The super drama in the film didn’t really grab me and honestly was a bit too over the top. But the characters played by Perry made me laugh. Until…I watched another, and another, and another Tyler Perry movie. Leading me to Reason #1:
– They are all the same!
If you’ve never seen a Tyler Perry movie, here is how almost every single one goes. Observe:
Frustrating. Why would I pay to see the same thing over and over again? I mean, perhaps his films would have something different in them if he stopped cranking them out as fast as mommy rabbits have babies. Between 2006 and 2011 Perry released 10, count them, 10 movies (IMDB)! Do you want to know how many Christopher Nolan did during that time? 3! And they were all quality!
Tyler Perry’s all blend right into one another with the same elements and events. No one can remember the difference between most of them. All the same.
PROOF? Just play bingo with the card below (courtesy the Tyler Perry movie survival site attached when you click the picture) and see how quickly you win while watching his films!
Here are just a few other reasons why I cannot stand Tyler Perry’s movies:
– Multiple “Perry” parts. Can he not find other actors to play the numerous parts that he does in the films? We’ve already had Eddie Murphy take up the role of black man playing numerous parts in a film. It worked once (The Nutty Professor), and it failed several times after (Norbit anybody?). Oh, and don’t forget Martin Lawrence in Big Momma’s House 1, 2, 3. It’s getting old, Tyler. Stop it. Madea will not be your little hook to get me to see any of your movies anymore. She’s not funny anymore. Idris Elba called it “buffoonery.”
Is anybody really fooled by this teaser trailer?
– Stereotypes. Okay, this is a big one. As a single black man I take issue with the way that so many black men are portrayed in his films. Wife beaters, child beaters, unfaithful, prisonbound, selfish, etc. Granted, people like that exist (across all races might I add), but in so many…not ALL…of his films, a woman is in a bad relationship with a man like that and the next guy that comes around has to work twice as hard to prove to her that good men still exist. Good black men too! I know…I’m one of those good black men!
In addition to the implied stereotype of the majority of black men, is the stereotype of black culture in America period. Let me just be one to tell you that not all black folk live in either upper class suburbian Atlanta, or in the projects, or in the ghetto.
Also, we don’t all beat our kids and wives, leave our families, etc. And…well, I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that for someone who works hard to promote “black Hollywood” he sure seems to be going about it the wrong way. Perry has received criticism from his peers such as Spike Lee and Idris Elba for his portrayals in his films (WIKI), I just find them to be grossly overexaggerated and offensive. It frustrates me.
I do not discredit his accomplishments. I am glad to see him being successful, especially after the hard life he had growing up. (In 2011, Perry was named the highest paid man in entertainment). I just want him to diversify, write better stories, and direct better films with fuller content, plots, and characters.
What are your thoughts? Do you like Tyler Perry movies? Why? Leave a comment!
Thanks for reading!
–T, The Focused Filmographer.
up next: “Trailer Time Thursday!”