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Post Number: 83
|Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2004 - 05:24 pm: |
Where is my ol' Grayhead when I need him?
First, I'm thrilled that Their Eyes Were Watching God is being made into a movie. I'm less than thrilled that Halle and Oprah is doing it. After what Oprah and her company did to The Wedding, she need not EVER make another movie based on a black book ever again in life, which was another Halle and Oprah collabration by the way. By miscasting The Wedding, the basis for the movie and the story was destroyed.
Second, I believe Halle has the acting chops to pull of Janie. She did a wonderful job as Dorothy Dandridge, and contrary to most of the opinions expressed on the board, I think she did a wonderful job in Monster's Ball. I will admit that the movie didn't make a lot of sense to me, especially that ending. I have seen worse. Lets face it, Halle is too old for the part. The book opens with Janie as a teenager and it ends with her in her early 30s, if I'm not mistaken. While Halle is still da bomb, 40 can't go into 16 or 18 years of age in nobody's math. Do they plan to film Janie's early years with vaseline and cheesecloth over the lens ala Doris Day, or what?
I love that book so much, I would hate to see it ruined. I know I'm in the minority, but I feel that the movie Beloved was very well done and stayed true to the novel. If the writing and directing stays true to the novel, I may give it a pass. But, I simply don't have the faith in Oprah to believe that she can pull it off. The book is perfect for a movie, though, if the writer and director knows what their doing. it should have been filmed for the big screen though. I can't see the hurricane being filmed properly or having the same impact on a TV screen, as it does in my imagination. The book may have been better left alone. And why don't Oprah film one of those white books that she loves so much? How can books that are so unworthy to be chosen for her book club be made into movies by her? Is that a contradiction or what?