Film review: The Color Purple
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- Published on Thursday, 25 January 2024 11:05
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On Wednesday 24th of January 2024, London Mums Magazine was invited to Leicester Square to review the movie The Color Purple.
The Color Purple is a musical take on an adaptation of a classic novel based in the Southern USA in the early 20th century.
The choreography and music bring relief to the tense and emotional themes. The musical dance segments are really terrific, especially the choreography. However, sometimes the change from the heavier dramatic scenes into full song and dance routines seem artificial. Musically I did miss a memorable Melody which would have really sold me on the production although the orchestration was very professional.
The cinematography and costumes are wonderful. The dark themes of domestic violence, implied incest, explicit racism and the subjugation of women are tempered by underlying themes of redemption and forgiveness.
The emerging ability of the women to stand up for themselves resulting in changing behaviour from some of the men is heartening.
The portrayal of implied lesbian relationships is sensitively implied as to be inoffensive to even the most homophobic viewer. The finale is emotional and full of symbolism. This is not suitable for young children but could be educational and thought provoking for over16’s. It engenders a myriad of emotions.
London Mums’ rating: 6/10
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