Open Post: Hosted By The Trailer For “The Color Purple” Musical Movie

May 23, 2023 / Posted by:

We live in a society where original thought means, “How can we tweak some shit that’s already been done?” And if you’re wondering what’s been dug up from the past and propped up for another public viewing, the answer is Alice Walker’s timeless tale of a bad marriage and bad children, The Color Purple. The new film adaptation, which is based on the musical stage version, dropped its trailer yesterday and it looks nothing like the beloved 1985 classic film. Mainly because it’s a version of the musical that took Broadway by storm during its runs between 2005 and 2017. And so far, reactions have been positive, which is perfect since this film is about to be the gift that keeps on giving when it debuts later this year on Christmas Day.

Variety reports that the movie has all of the feels as the musical version and features many of the culture’s faves like Halle Bailey, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, and Fantasia, who will be reprising her role as Celie after briefly portraying the character in the Broadway production. With an opening on Christmas Day, I think there will be tons of movie tickets underneath the tree this year, as a trip to the movies is a great (and cheap) present to show you care just enough to keep your loved ones entertained and out of the house.

After debuting footage for distributors at CinemaCon last month, Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for the new adaptation, which is set to premiere in North America on Dec. 25. The film will open internationally beginning Jan. 18, 2024.

The trailer features visually bold motifs as it takes audiences inside Celie’s headspace with “American Idol” winner Fantasia reprising her Broadway role, in her major motion picture debut. It also gives an insight into the sisterhood of the women at the heart of the story. Elevated by grandeur, the highlights are the musical clips and jaw-dropping production set against the backdrop of Mister’s Farm.

Listen, this trailer looks like it’s gearing up for the phrase “And the Academy Award goes to….” because people have been eagerly anticipating this film. And over on Twitter, reactions have been somewhat mixed, if by “mixed” you mean there are some who are excited about this update and there are some others who have already set up camp inside theaters awaiting Christmas Day to be one of the first viewers.

Even Fantasia, who I’m sure can smell the engraving on her Academy Award taking place right now, had words of praise for the film and her excitement for fans to finally see the trailer.

Hopefully, The Color Purple musical movie does better than the Cats and Dear Evan Hansen movies (although that’s not saying much). And it looks like the makers are trying to avoid flopping by not saying the “m” word (for musical) during the trailer. I’m pretty sure that “a bold new take” is a translation for “Yes, it’s a musical, but please come see it anyway so we don’t flop like Cats!”

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