Once again, Tyler Perry has made a leap for the entire African- American community. Although, once again, without the notorious “Madea.” Perry has made his award-winning plays such as Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea’s Family Reunion into successes. He later went on to create Daddy’s Little Girls, which appeared earlier this year. On Oct. 12, Perry released the forth movie from his sellout-play series titled Why Did I Get Married. I feel it is safe to say it’s the best African-American movie in the nation as of now.
Much like Perry’s first three movies, if you saw the play then the movie wasn’t a huge shock. You basically got the rundown of the play with a bit of a Hollywood twist. Perry used the acting skills of Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Richard T. Jones and a host of other all-star actors for this project.
For the most part, the movie was a great step for Perry. The acting was above average, and the movie flowed very well. Just like the play, it deals with four couples going into the mountains for a weekend and they all ask each other, “Why did I get married?”
I don’t want to spoil the movie for those who have been living under a rock and haven’t seen the movie or the play. I’ll just say that he tried to keep the presentation between the play and the movie fairly close.
Just like any other Tyler Perry movie, he’s going to give you a serious play with a fair amount of comedy, mixed with a positive message. Unlike other critics, I’ll give Perry credit for touching on facts and subjects that many other movies refuse to bring up, like infidelity and sexually transmitted diseases.
I’ll be honest and fair. I was very skeptical about going to see the movie, and I believe with good reason.
The only negative thing I have to say about Why Did I Get Married is that it was more centered on the female’s point of view. Perry showed a little love to the guys at certain points at the movie, but unless you are a woman, you’re not going to be that into the movie. It was a good presentation, just not to the males in the theater. All of Perry’s movies are like this, so it’s not a surprise at all.
So, if you are a woman, go ahead and spend $7 to see it. But males need to beware. Unless you are “open-minded”, you are setting yourself up for a “chick flick.