certain movies pull on every heart string of mine. fried green tomatoes, a league of their own, a time to kill, steel magnolias... now i would like to add the color purple. i remember attempting to read alice walker's epistolary novel when i was in junior high and quitting. too heartbreaking and too racy to keep turning the pages.
but the movie...
little nettie and celie steal my heart instantly. two dear, dear sisters whose bond can not be broken, even when danny glover's hateful character rips them apart. they play hand-slap games in fields of flowers. they carve their names in a heart on a tree. they wear the best calico dresses and crushed straw hats. this whole movie reminds me of marc jacobs spring 2009 collection( even though i know mary poppins is supposed to be the inspiration).
but my favorite scene is when nettie teaches celie how to read. it made me smile and cry happy tears. the women in this movie are so strong, and lovely, and inspiring.
whoopi goldberg. wow. i thought oda mae brown was my favorite character of hers... but she is wonderful as celie. so resilient. so forgiving. so self-sufficient. so much mental and physical fortitude.
shug avery. the saucy singer/ danny glover's mistress who brings celie to life and reminds her that she is worth being loved. and man does homegirl have the BEST flappery, shiny costumes. i want to raid her dressing room!
sofia. me loves oprah. me loves this fiery, feisty character. any woman who is kind of mouthy and balks the role of the stereotypical obedient and subservient wife, is my kind of gal. a kind of quality i find is shared amongst all of my female friends.
for being such a sad, sad place in time, dusty, rural georgia looks awfully beautiful in spielberg's portrayal. i fell in love with the patchworked tin houses, fields of flowers, sun-bleached laundry drying on clothlines, and kitchens filled with honey jars and herbs dying on windowsills. and i might be more inclined to go to church if i could find one as charming as the church in this film.
now i need to get the courage to read the book again. let's see if my 25 year old heart is strong enough to turn the pages...