For Colored Girls Reviews
Excellent cast and extremely well acted. This deals with a loosely connected group of women who mainly live in the same apartment block, some of them related. All have their issues and the main theme is betrayal. I don't want to say too much and spoil it, but the inspiring part is how these women find their strength and learn to move on and and deal with what has been dealt to them.
It is quite poetic, some of what they say does not make a lot of sense, but you get the gist. I found it fascinating. Really hooked me in from start to end.
In this R-rated drama based, the lives of several women of color (Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad, Kerry Washington, Whoopi Goldberg, Anika Noni Rose) are explored.
Certainly, the play's issues of rape, abortion, fractured families, and domestic violence are as poignant as ever, but Perry has no idea what to do with Shange's often poetic prose. For example, there are awkward transitions between monologues and dialogues that come off as jarring and amateurish. Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier chose to film experimental projects like Dogville on empty soundstages as if the films WERE a stage production and the results still weren't nearly as stagy as For Colored Girls. Also, some of Perry's actors give hammy-off-the-bone performances. Others, however, blow the scenery-chewers out of the water (Oscar voters, take notice of Thandie Newton).
Bottom line: Not for everybody.