In the book she is described as being extremely ignorant and I did find her annoying, but her character should have been included in the movie! To do justice to the book, the movie should have been in two parts, the first could have focused on Janie’s childhood and youth and her life with Joe Starks and the second could have focused on her life with Tea Cake. The men in her life were just fodder to give her nice things. For instance, in the scene when Janie lies in bed with her first husband and ponders what he would do if she were to ever leave him, the director gives us a rather telling portrait of their relationship with just a few shots. On the up side, the casting is superb. Upon returning to town in the end Janie shows absolutely no sense of remorse about killing Tea Cake, the great love of her life.
Another Bad Oprah Film prichards1 8 March Her marriage to the old man comes off as a way to preserve Janie’s morality not stifle her independent way of thinking. How can a character look exactly the same at the end of a movie as she did at the beginning? Having seen the movie and heard about the book it is now making me want to read the book. Due to the slang words, and abbreviated text, it Forced me to go back and read a page over and over again until i finally got the point. Winfrey and company’s pedestrian effort will encourage others to examine or reexamine Ms.
All in all the movie is– OK. I also think Halle Berry was also a not so perfect choice for this role. Oprah, only produced the film, she fuull no hand in directing or editing.
Unfortunately, she became a trophy wife, valued only for her beauty and obedience, and not her mind. I saw 4 significant trends here: It was completely blown off.
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Janie-Jada Pinkett Logan-same man who was in Oprah’s version. Harsh, separated by race, and a very southern setting.
I am now on the prowl to purchase the book so all I can say in response to the movie is I liked it!!! For life on the muck, according to Ms. The first being the cinematography, as it is often moody, always rich, and at points ethereal: I know that I’m going to get my head bitten off, but Halle Berry is not as great of an actress that everyone wants her to be.
If you can’t make it better, then leave it alone. It might be a good movie to watch, if you are a Halle Berry fan. It is a movie and if you are not familiar with Hollywood looks matter, if Halle’s character was supposed to have been unattractive she still would have been beautiful for the movie it is just the way it is!
I do know that it is quite difficult to ever create a movie that compares to a book anytime.
I am a middle aged white female and must say that I do think this movie would be of more interest to the female population but as a love story, I think it was wonderful. This movie was terrible! DrBonitaEvans 11 March It is also kind of harsh to say that the movie was that awful, it was a love story and that was what was portrayed. I really was impressed with the chemistry Berry and Ealy had it seemed so real. The point is, a film can only get but so close to the book.
This was simply a poor cast when it started with Ms Berry. I want to remake the movie!!!!!!!! Overall, the book is much better than the movie. It seems that if there is a sex scene, that is when we see her act her watcning. In the book, it was basically impossible to understand what was going on. When filming, it is not the director’s priority to make sure that they are within their time constraint, that is the editor’s concern.
What was Oprah thinking? That is the kind of acting piece that actors thrive on. The men in her life were mofie fodder to give her nice things. I also think the movie was terrible!!
Sign in to vote. The scenes where rabid Tea Cake and Janie face off before killing him have no tension and no suspense. Hurston, proud, but in the film industry there are so many internal conflicts and setbacks that us viewers never see or know about.
Michael Ealy is generally a powerful actor in movies he is in. Most regrettably, is the omission of life on the muck, where Janie and her man worked as migrant workers along with persons with colorful names like Bootyny, Sop-de-Bottom, and Stew Beef. But it did also send out a message that was meaningful as well don’t get me wrong, and that is “The story teaches that material things are all right in their place, but if we exchange them for real living and true love, we lose out.
In this movie, there was no exception. When she meets Joe Starks it looked to me like she was a gold-digger wanting to live the high life. I won’t spoil anything if I say viewers were left with big gaping holes specifically what drove this central character.
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Janies husband, Jody, was an OK actor, but he didn’t really capture the true depth that was described in the novel. She’s pretty good at that. If you haven’t read the book, please do so.
For instance, in the scene when Janie lies in bed with her ivooz husband and ponders what he would do if she were to ever leave him, the director gives us a rather telling portrait of their relationship with just a few shots.
I really started hating this movie because Janie on screen seemed downright cruel.
For all the trials eye tribulations she supposedly went through, she seemed almost retarded with the constant laughing and giggling and running down to the water to jump in and float around “watching God”. Parts of the film which should have been much shorter, as they were only marginally relevant to the story, were given too much time, while other sections which required more time were cut too short to have an impact, i.
Due to the slang words, and abbreviated text, it Forced me to go back and read a eys over and over again until i finally got the point. This movie is like watching zombies moving from place to place. Winfrey subjectively decided to leave out of her movie all those scenes in the book where Tea Cake beat Janie in an attempt to make him a big hero.
This is just one of many “aspects” that was not addressed. Because I never got to see the childhood that would have defined the characters’ theeir free thinking ways, I watcing Janie as a slut when she kissed the boy.