quote:Originally posted by kresge:
I would really be interested in hearing people's thoughts about Tyler Perry in general. I must confess that I have only seen one Tyler Perry product, Madea's Family Reunion, and that was under duress. I had real problems with what I perceived to be less than one dimensional caricatures of African Americans. I have refrained from watching anything else associated with Perry's name. I realize that his work is popular, but that does not necessarily mean that it is good. Am I missing something?
"Under duress," as u put it, I actually saw "Why Did I Get Married" this weekend. I hated it; I was like, "Why Did I Go See This Garbage."
It was the first Tyler Perry product I had seen, and if as disgusted with it as I could've been, it was because my expectations were extremely low.
These are the 21 Century version of the Blaxploitation movies. In the 70s, what was being exploited, or pandered to, was our hunger to see ourselves in "powerful black man" roles, and to see ourselves physically beating the crap out of "the man." Today it's a little different, but we still have a certain hunger to see ourselves in certain kinds of roles, and, like in the 1970s, that hunger is still so severe that many of us devour the product, without exercising any kind of discernment whatsoever in terms of the quality of the product we're looking at.
Some of the pandering elements in this movie were just absurd. I'm sure this was a masterpiece compared to the bits and pieces I've seen of the Madea movies, but I'm not giving him a pass just because he's a black filmmaker putting out movies with positive messages and positive characters. Let's keep those messages, but how about being like Spike Lee and lay off the insult to our intelligence in the process.