Last evening, I went with a couple of friends to see Tyler Perry’s new movie, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself”. In all honesty, the movie was great. It was inspirational and motivational. And in an economy like ours, in fact, the world, and with all the madness…and bad news…the movie is just what so many people need in terms of getting a little motivation and inspiration. The music was wonderful. It was a good mix of secular and gospel. I did enjoy the music and I did get the message. If Tyler’s intent was to minister to the audience, certainly on a spiritual level, and socially, he succeeded. The movie made several statements, one of the biggest of which was after the wedding at the end of the movie. There was a wedding reception and block party…and I noticed people of all races, religions, gay, straight, young, old – I don’t think that was by accident. In fact, I loved the church scenes. The church scene was an audience of mixed races where the great Marvin Winans was starred as the minister. And his message was universal. He was in his element…and the message was real. And for those who do not know, Marvin Winans is actually a gospel artist and minister – I think today, he may carry the title of Bishop. Marvin is the eldest of a clan of singers who I have heard coined as “gospel royalty”. The Winans and I go way back. Well, at least I and their cassette tapes (remember those?).
I found the music to be a good balance of inspiration as well as R&B. But then, can’t a song be both? Think about it! Nevertheless, I can’t wait to buy the soundtrack. You are going to love the song “Lord, I want you to help me”. It is one of those old spirituals. And then when Mary J. sang the song, “I can do bad all by myself”, which is the title track to the movie, I could have gave benediction. She sang the song. And my words to you are “Get ready, you are about to make some changes in your life.” The movie was not too long nor was it too short. There weren’t “too many things going on” as sometimes will happen in a movie when a writer is attempting to share too many problems about too many people in a very short period of time. That isn’t to say, necessarily, that I have found this to be an issue of Tyler’s in the past, but it is refreshing to continue to see his finished work and say, “He’s done it again!” There is so much more to discuss, but I will reserve further comment until I see the movie again – oh, yes, I will certainly see the movie again.
So, until then, go check it out. You will be glad you did, Period, Case-Closed!