Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sins of the Mother - Did We Love It?

Three Women Applauding

I don't know about you all, but I planned my Sunday evening around this movie. I cooked dinner early and retired to my room to watch it in peace. When my daughter asked me to come downstairs to help her make churros for Spanish class, I agreed only after she assured me that she had already turned the channel to Lifetime Movie Network. Even then I refused to come down until the movie was on a commercial break.

I LOVED IT! With a few exceptions here and there, the movie stayed very true to the book. Jill Scott was great, but she's always great. People who haven't seen her performance in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency are missing out on her acting skills. But the break out performance was by Nicole Beharie, the actress that played LaShay. Twitter was abuzz Sunday night with people voicing their dislike for the angry, bitter character. At the same time, tweeps really empathized with Shay.

And the church scene? My timeline was scrolling so quickly that I could barely keep up! I knew it was coming, but I was sitting on the edge of my seat to see how it would play out and I was not disappointed. It was so good that I had to hit rewind and watch it a second time. By the way, the author herself was in this scene sitting directly behind Shay, wearing some fierce glasses.

The casting (I loved the chocolatey goodness that played Oliver), the writing and the scenery all came together to create one of the best "book turned movie" that I've seen in awhile.

So what did you think? Did you enjoy it? Was it everything you thought it would be? Did you read the book first? Comment here, but by all means, comment over on Lifetime's website because we want to see more movies by and about us, right?

And what other literary works are you interested in seeing? Terry McMillan's Mama? Beverly Jenkins' Bring on the Blessings? What about a J. California Cooper series of shorts?
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