For about five weeks, Guardians of the Galaxy starring Chris Pratt has been in the number one spot in the weekend box office reports.
To repeat what I said on the cable television show Arise On Screen, Arise TV's weekend film review/interview show, if you liked 1980s/90s thrillers like Fatal Attraction and The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, get a bucket o' popcorn and get a good cineplex movie seat so you can enjoy this illogical but entertaining thriller.
Let's face it. Hollywood is still not color blind when it comes to movie opportunities for black and Latina actresses. From 1939 to now, think about it: Hattie McDaniel, Ethel Waters, Dorothy Dandridge, Cicely Tyson, Ruby Dee, Diana Ross, Halle Berry, Rita Moreno, Rosie Perez, Jennifer Hudson, Mo'Nique and Octavia Spencer. Six of them won Oscars. All of them have only one Oscar nomination to their credit. After their Oscar nominations, their mailboxes were not chock full of good mainstream script offers with other star quality roles to match the one that got them an Oscar nomination. Whoopi Goldberg and Viola Davis each has two Oscar nominations to her credit. No black actress has ever received more than two. Hollywood is not color blind in casting projects. More diversity needs to be embraced. Nonetheless, Hollywood does notice the color green. Box office dollars. Black actors need mainstream Hollywood box office hits to keep them in the game and make them marketable. The role of the victimized wife and mother is usually played by Anglo actresses. No Good Deed stars a black actress as the woman in danger and a white actress has the supporting role as her loyal best friend.
Taraji plays a graduate of NYU who is now a wife and mother down South. She's got a good life and a handsome, successful husband who left for a golf trip out of town.
Idris Elba plays one of the most dangerous criminals in the state. He's basically a big wall of Mandingo muscle. And he's smart. However, for as massive, bad and tricky as he is, the two guards assigned to take him back to prison look like they trained at the Barney Fife Academy. You just know that something will go horribly wrong as they transport him. Also, there's not one single news report of this demented killer having escaped. No local newscast shows his face in a photo. That just makes no kind o' sense.
She becomes Warrior Mom. The last half of No Good Deed really moves. It snaps into action and you've got a real popcorn thriller. Taraji P. Henson is way more believable as a Warrior Mom than as the clueless suburban good Samaritan. We love it when her Big City "Oh, HELL, no!" side resurfaces and cracks through her Martha Stewart lifestyle. Elba is very good. The psychological detachment and the maniacal ego of the character register in his eyes. The script in the last half is better than it was in the first half. For weekend movie entertainment to see with a friend, this is worth the ticket and the popcorn.
I hope it's a big hit that makes Hollywood give attention to Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba.
If I had his looks, I'd be dating. If I had his talent, I'd be making movies.