The Last Temptation of Chris
Against my better judgement, last night I saw Temptation in the theatre. Here are three quick things that are on my mind after my experience yesterday.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell is fine. She was the best part of the movie. Even her back and forth with Kim Kardashians “wooden and laconic” character couldn’t hamper the fact that Jurnee is a very good actress and should be a star.
Sidenote: her husband makes dope music too. I already hate their future children.
Black people really don’t shut up during movies. I had never experienced a movie eexperience.like this before. Granted, I generally avoid black movies, but I figured it couldn’t be as bad as folks made it to be.
Folks were holding entire conversations about the movie. DURING THE MOVIE. Oh, and not in some inside considerate voice, nah folks were basically screaming.
I haven’t seen many Tyler Perry movies but the couple I have seen lack nuance.
I have no problem with Perry’s ability to make movies. His movies look, sound and feel like any other feel. Technically, he’s got it down. He’s talented.
Where things go bad for me is the heavy handedness he tells his stories. Tyler Perry movies have to explain in detail everything going on in detail. If a character is a doctor, the audience isn’t allowed to figure it out on their own. Tyler makes sure you know what’s going on at all times. Maybe he doesn’t think his audience is smart enough to follow.
Shoot, maybe he just doesn’t think they can hear over the idle chatter.
I couldn’t call myself a Perry fan. I am an admirer. Where he’s come.from, to where he is, is remarkable and inspiring.
But until he learns how.to be more subtle, I probably wont enjoy any of his movies.