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||IMDB Rating: 6.8/10 from votes
||Release: 25 February 2008 (USA) /
||Director: Paris Qualles,
||Stars: Audra McDonald, Bill Nunn, David Oyelowo, John Stamos, Justin Martin, Martin Roach, Paul Stephen, Phylicia Rashad, Ron Cephas Jones, Rosemary Dunsmore, Rudy Webb, Sanaa Lathan, Sandi Ross, Sean Combs, Sean Patrick Thomas
||Synopsis: After moving to Chicago's South Side in the 1950s, a black family struggles to deal with poverty, racism, and inner conflict as they strive for a better life. Adapted for the screen from Lorraine Hansberry's play, this is a moving portrait of dreams deferred. Written by Anonymous
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There is nothing wrong with remaking and recasting the Lorraine
Hansberry masterwork; we shouldn't pay undue fealty to the original
cast. I'm sure Olivier's, Jacobi's, and Branaugh's Hamlet would suffer
in comparison to the original Burbage performance. Plays are meant to
be inhabited by different people as the generations pass. Therefore,
there is nothing wrong, in theory, to the making of this version.
This rendition is superior to the 1989 "American Playhouse"
performance, which was poorly paced and largely overacted. The female
parts are perfectly cast and performed. The same cannot be said,
unfortunately, for the male parts.
P. Diddy, or Sean Combs, or whatever name he is going by these days,
simply does not have the acting chops to bring out the complexities of
the Walter Younger character. Where Sidney Poitier and, to a lesser
extent, Danny Glover, were able to grasp hold of the anger and
frustration of the man, Mr. Diddy twitches and frowns. He performs as
if a lowered head and furrowed eyebrows are the makings of a great
performance. I was reminded of Hayden Christianson taking the complex
evil of Darth Vader and turning him into a naughty teenager. Combs
plays Walter like a street punk.
Sean Patrick Thomas, as George Murchison, fares a little better. He
does what he can with what is essentially a superficial and somewhat
The greatest error is the miscasting of John Stamos as Lindner. He
gives the character a harder, more outwardly racist edge than John
Fiedler, who created the role. Stamos drips hatred and prejudice just a
little too much -- it is easy to ultimately say no to him just to tick
him off. Fiedler, working with Hansberry, had a much better grip on the
role -- not a man who is outwardly racist, but as one who is sadly
misinformed, ignorant (meaning, simply, not understanding), and afraid.
Stamos tries to chew up just a little too much scenery.
David Oyelowo, as Joseph Asagai, is the most well cast male in the
film, hitting every note required by the character.
The female cast fares far better. Phylicia Rashad recreates and
improves upon the role of Lena Younger, breaking the "Mammy"-isms of
the earlier performers. Audra McDonald certainly will not usurp Ruby
Dee as the definitive Ruth Younger, but does an excellent job in a part
that requires an extreme range of emotion.
The greatest revelation in the film by far is Sanaa Lathan as Beneatha.
Beneatha is a key character in the play and is relatively ignored in
the original, and not particularly well played in the 1989 version.
Playing a character substantially younger than she is in real live,
Lathan is able to exhibit the hope, anger, childish "know-it-all"
attitude and sadness of a young woman in her position. Unfortunately,
the screenwriters chose to omit her lovely, sad second-act monologue
about her desire to become a doctor; this section was excised in the
original film and restored in the American Playhouse version and should
have been present here.
Overall, this is a worthwhile film, but imperfect in many ways.
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, Rudy Webb
, Sanaa Lathan
, Sandi Ross
, Sean Combs
, Sean Patrick Thomas
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