Friday, October 21, 2016

Boo a Madea Halloween: Like Ernest Scared Stupid with a lot of bad Language




Madea Halloween is the funniest Tyler Perry movie yet. It also contains elements that are different from his usual obsessions. No married woman is abused by her husband or has a sad sleazy past.
No one is particularly slut shamed, no man is an oaf. All that happens is teens want to go to a college party and one of the dads, Brian (Tyler Perry) needs to stand up to his daughter (one of the teens who is forbidden to go but goes anyway). There is a good moral here; a firm hand is necessary but does not have to include a switch (despite what Madea, Joe, Bam and Hattie might say).

The film should very much appeal to teens. I was in a theater with a few teens who laughed all the way through it. It could be a family film if not for Joe's language in most of his scenes.

He is not about calling his son a bitch and dropping the n work for surprising comic effect. Every scene Joe in is funny, particularly his confrontation with a clown.

Other comic highlight include Hattie's twerk, the hilarious church scene and a topless scene. I was really cheered up by this film. Weakness, most of the acting by anyone outside of Madea's circle is terrible, particularly the college boys. I will single out Liza Koshey as Aday though for giving a great sincere performance as the pastor's daughter. If I could make movies, I would cast her in a minute. Also, the film is too long by about twenty minutes and the ending really does not work. These are small quibbles as I have much praise for this enterprise.

Madea always has some one stay with her to learn a life lesson. It is often not by choice. A wife is abused and has nowhere to go. A woman is in jail with Madea. A couple is in the witness protection program at Madea's house...some of it is rather contrived. Madea, as she did with this film, should stick with teens, as teens are stuck at home and more or less have to listen without contrivance. And the issues will not be as overly dramatic as they often are in the adult world.  That being said...

The other idea I would try if I was Perry since Joe's profaneness was so funny in this film. Let's put him and Madea in a rest home, dealing with all the sex that is supposedly going on in those places and maybe solving some issue as old folks in rest homes, like teens have nowhere to go either.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

A Crisis in Six Scenes: Better Than the Last Couple of Movies A Few Thoughts.



It is nice to hear something other than jazz  or classical over Woody Allen opening titles.
I never thought that would happen.

And it is nice to see Woody Allen starring in a new project.
I never thought that would happen again.

He is in fine form here as an author with children and grandchildren and a wife just a bit older than he is yet still a smart and strong working woman., a marriage counselor

Woody Allen's persona at 80 is just as honest as his earlier characters. I was shocked that he admitted to needing hearing aids.

Allen has one very poor scene in this, the scene at the diner with Bobby Slayton.

He has about fifteen great ones though so don't be put off with that diner scene that comes before the half-way point.

Allen's comic highlights are the scene with the barber Dominic, who insults him brutally but with some affection. He has good moments with Miley who also insults him but with less affection.

It is nice to see brutal insults dealt at Allen and how he deals with them, much like Dangerfield, he changed from being someone who always had the upperhand to someone that only occassionally gets it, and it works here.

May is a treasure as well and the scenes involving her clients are hilarious.

The turbulent times that Miley speaks of and comically inspire everyone, except Allen are deeply felt as well; anyone with the service should check out this show.