Here’s a good reader from Cathleen Falsani on the success of the Tyler Perry “Madea” Films. Apparently, there’s a got going on in them:
What keeps me attached to Madea is what she says and how she says it. One of my favorite quotes comes from the stage version of “Madea Goes to Jail,” where she talks about people in our lives being like trees; that some fall off like leaves in a season, while others are the roots that keep us grounded in a storm. “When you get you some roots, hold on to them,” Madea says. “The rest of ’em? Just let them go. Let folks go.
Trite? Maybe. But true.
The “Madea Goes to Jail” film is about a lot of things, and its meandering plot may wear on some folks’ nerves. Its central theme, though, is forgiveness — a motif that runs through all of Perry’s work.
“With everything I’ve done, in the end, whoever the central character is, they would find a way to forgive, because that’s really important to me,” Perry said in an interview with Beliefnet.com a few years ago. “The most important thing that I learned in growing up is that forgiveness is something that, when you do it, you free yourself to move on. And in finding that in my own life, I wanted to share it with other people.
I haven’t seen any of the movies, but I think I should.