Tyler Perry's newest movie Good Deeds hit theaters this weekend amidst much anticipation from his loyal fans, but I have to be honest and admit that I was a little leery about going to see this film at the movies.
Now don't get me wrong, I love a Tyler flick just as much as the next person, but as a writer I have come to find that his films are very predictable and unimaginative with respect to his story lines. But at the end of the day, Mr. Perry has found a formula that works very well for him and I'm not mad at him for doing what he does because, let's face it, he does it well.
But with his latest effort, Good Deeds, starring himself, Thandie Newton, Gabrielle Union, Phylicia Rashad and Brian White, I found myself very entertained and pleasantly surprised with the apparent growth in Perry's repertoire.
Good Deeds was a story of two people from very different worlds who find each other in the midst of life-changing and challenging circumstances. While we have definitely seen this scenario before, Perry did a great job of telling the tale from the rich and poor perspectives simultaneously.
Wesley, played by Perry, is the eldest son of an affluent family who is expected to run the family business, keep his rebellious brother from destroying the family name, marry the perfect girl and live up to his dominating mother's expectations all at the same time. While Lindsay, played by Newton, is a single mother who is trying to keep her life from falling apart emotionally, and financially, while caring for her young daughter after the loss of her husband.
Perry and Newton definitely have a great chemistry on screen, and Tyler Perry has definitely turned up his sexy for this role. Yes, ladies, unlike his other films when he wasn't playing Madea, Perry's swag was on 10 in this one.
So overall, while Good Deeds isn't totally outside-of-the-box crazy different from what you're used to seeing from Tyler Perry, it was definitely a refreshing change from what you're used to seeing from Tyler Perry...if that makes any sense. You'll still laugh and maybe even cry a little, but at the end of the day this film gets a solid 4 out of 5 stars.
I can safely say that this one is worth going to the theater to pay your "we support Tyler Perry" money and you won't leave feeling some kind of way about it. Don't take the kiddies because there is definitely some adult content, but other than that...enjoy!
Till next time.
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