Today my family and I went to see the much anticipated first African American Princess movie, "Princess And The Frog." We had heard just before attending that the movie had racial undertones, however, we thought we'd check things out for ourselves. After 10 minutes into the movie it was clearly understood why people would feel this way. We were absolutely offended. None of us expected to see the old slave mentality from older movies in this film. Instantly you see the very well dressed white child, and the under-dressed black child, the black nanny/mammy and then the overbearing white slave mentality father, and not to mention the big pot of gumbo, and "don't forget to add the hot sauce!" It was entirely too much! We requested a refund, however the theater worker tried to get us to take a pass instead. Well, we insisted on the refund as we did not want Disney to reap the benefits of us NOT seeing this film. There were a hundred different ways Disney could have depicted this story without going into the 1920's and using old negro stereotypes to do it. My family and I are a melting pot and we understand the need for positive change with regards to race relations, but this film, if anything, takes us back to that old negro slave mentality. It was really hard to overlook what went on in the first few minutes of the movie to go any further. I personally believe that the writers thought setting the movie in the 1920's and in New Orleans, would excuse the fact that the movie is to a great extent, demeaning. Hyping this movie up to be the first African American Princess and hand-drawn 2-D Disney film in ages is not enough to overlook the thinking and sensitivity that did NOT go into the making of this film, respectively.
One thing that director Tyler Perry is well known for is his incorporation of religion and family values in his movies. This movie is a clash a battle between old generation tradition and new school tradition and how to find a balance.
Where is Steve Carrell when you need him.
Reviewed by Yipperbore for Cast Away at 2008-03-10 10:57:24
This movie wasn't terrible nor was it as good as it could have been. If they would re-cast this film using Steve Carrell--I'm thinking of his Anchorman roll--this movie would be a real hit. imagine two hours of Steve saying "I love ball" and trying to explain to the flora and fauna how he has a party in his pants and everyone is invited. Good times..