Movie Review: The Color Purple captures life of African American woman in 1930s

The movie The Color Purple, made in dedication to Alice Walker’s book, captures the life of Celie, a 14-year-old African-American woman, in the 1930s, who struggles with abuse at home. The movie begins with Celie as an early teenager and ends with her in her mid-60s.

The Color Purple starts with Celie, played by Whoopi Goldberg, who becomes pregnant through rape at the age of 14, then given to Mr. ____, or Albert, in marriage by her abusive stepfather. Celie was taught to listen to every order she was given and did nearly all of the chores because her biological mother was dying. She had one person who she loved dearly that loved her back—her little sister Nettie. When Celie was given to Albert, Nettie, who was originally supposed to marry Albert, followed Cellie and lived with her until Albert kicked her out of the house. The two brokenhearted sisters have no way to contact each other, but Nettie writes her sister letters as a way to communicate with her, even though she has not received a letter in return in the span of 30 years.

As you can tell, The Color Purple can bring tears to the eyes of emotional movie-watchers and also anger. This rated PG-13 movie is intended for a mature audience as there are some explicit scenes where kids’ faces are cut off and there are tons of abuse. Despite being filmed in the 1980s, the book the movie was adapted from has made its way to some English classrooms in the 21st century.

This movie may make your heart sink, but it will keep you on the edge of your seat and bring you surprises.

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