BEYONCE IS A GOOD ACTRESS SHE AINT DA BEST LIKE ANGELA BASSET AND CISLEY TYSON OR NIA LONG, JADA PICKET AND SANAA LATHEN BUT SHE IS INPROVING YALL JUST HATE HER ACTING CAUSE YALL DONT LIKE HER GOD SHUT UP AND READ A GOOD BOOK, IM A SINGLE WHITE MOTHER WHO IS NOT RAISIST BUT IM GOING TO SAY IT WHY ARE YOU PEOPLE BEING SO IGGNORENT PLEASE, NOT JUST YOU BUT THE WHOLE WORLD, LET HER MAKE HER MONEY AND BE A SUSSEFUL BLACK WOMAN NO A SUSSEFUL WOMAN GOD I TEACH AT A ALL BLACK SCHOOL AND DEY READ THESE BLOGS AND U PUT SO MUCH HATE IN YALL WORDS.-a yahoo blogger
Race and relationships is making a brief comeback to the theater. This time with a twist. Consider it “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” meets “Fatal Attraction.” A long awaited meeting between black momma and white momma over domination of their prime “Obsession;” the(ir) black man. My question is, can today’s young audience handle it?
In keeping with the times, not a lot of emphasis seems to be placed on skin color in this flick, it’s as if Hollywood has finally exorcised it’s stereotypes (if you believe that, I got some prime real estate in the Hamptons to sell you) with steady doses of shameless interracial Reality TV snuggling. So along comes a script about a middle-class black family; just regular people, being targeted by a stimulus-package era white female office temp (what Bob from Accountemps finally quit?). Singer and lately actor Beyonce Knowles plays the wife of Ali Larter’s character. Idris Elba promises to supply all the movie-stalker tension and heat that any normal struggling working-class temp is expected to supply.
This isn’t exactly ‘Jungle Fever 2009.’ There doesn’t seem to be a War Council called by Beyonce where her and her Sistas discuss why white girls are a danger to the black family as Lonette McKee did in Spike Lee’s Bensonhurst-era story when she hollered “They want that black d–k! They want that black d–k! They want that black d–k!,” Beyonce’s white temp-tress seems to want more than McKee’s office temp/home wrecker did. More than just an affair based on interracial curiosity. Larter’s guy already has status, McKee’s Flipper (Wesley Snipes) was ambitious, unappreciated, and on his way out. He didn’t hire a temp, he was assigned one.
In the trailer Elba seems to relish being the heavy, her approach is… raw. Consider her the Geico Cavewoman@badgirl.com that leaves Knowles with lots of room to respond and develop her screen presence. This is important, people are wondering can Sasha be fierce? Beyonce’s booty fans (present company included) have high expectations of action and hardly any intensity. I do believe she can eventually be a very good actor, and any she provides along those lines in this drama will be a bonus.
B is not a great singer or great actress, but she’s good at many things and will be a looker for a long time. Catfight or not I’m sure “Obsession” will still be worth the price of admission.
Chris Stevenson is a syndicated columnist. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org