Thursday, April 3, 2008

My Review of The Color People

The Color Purple

By Michelle Rush

The Color Purple is a 1985 drama. This film is based on the novel, The Color Purple written by Alice Walker. It was directed by Steven Spielberg.

This story begins in the Southern United States in the 1900's. It follows the life of an uneducated black girl, Celie. She has been pregnant by her father twice by the age of 14. Both of her children were taken away from her at birth to never be spoken of. Her father forced her into a marriage to a man she called "Mister." Mister goes on to treat her like a slave, beats her, and even rapes her. I do not want to blow it for those who have not yet seen it. I'll wrap this up by telling you that Celie ends up overcoming her fears enabling her to break free from her husband's chains.

Actually, I have owned this movie since i was a little girl. My mother was the one who introduced it to me. I think she may have used Celie's story as an inspiration in her own life for many reasons. My mother was trapped in a marriage to my father who mentally and physically abused her for many years. He made her feel like she was not good enough for anything better. Thankfully, just like the story, my mother grew strong and divorced my father and made a way to a better life for us.

I have watched this movie time and time again and I never grow tired of it. I can never watch it without having a good cry. In my opinion, this movie touches your heart like no other can or will. It is a great feminists story of hope, struggle, and victory.

-Michelle Rush


Women's Studies 200 Class said...

I saw that movie many years ago but would like to revisit it and see if I have a different perspective now after living many years since I first saw it. I'm sure I will get angry again, as I remember getting the first time. It is so sad and despicable that a father would do that to his daughter. It makes me wonder what happened to him as a young boy. The circle of violence continues....

Women's Studies 200 Class said...

Forgot to put my name on my comment:
Kim Seder