One of the most inspiring and my all-time favorite movie is The Color Purple. It is a 1985 American period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Menno Meyjes. The movie is based on the Pulitzer Prizewinning novel The Color Purple by Alice Walker. The film starred Danny Glover, Desreta Jackson, Margaret Avery, Oprah Winfrey, Adolph Caesar, Rae Dawn Chong, and introduced Whoopi Goldberg as Celie Harris-Johnson. The film was based on the life of Celie. It was a blockbuster and it had earned $142 million. The movie takes place in a landscape that seems more inspired by set decoration than real life -- more "Green Pastures" than "Grapes of Wrath." The greater part of the story takes place in a bucolic farm landscape populated by African Americans. The biggest local crop was the field of purple flowers.
The movie centers on the life of a fictional character named Celie, an African American woman who survives incredible abuse and injustice. When the movie starts, she was shown as a normal child who is running through the fields of purple flowers with her sister. But the next moment it was revealed that her father has made her pregnant and her previous child was taken away from her. She got married to a brutal farmer, who beats her, uses her as a servant and sexual object. Then her husband brings home the fancy woman he has been crazy about for years named Shug Avery. The relationship between Shug and Celie was not smooth at first, but they ended up being each others support. At the end, Celie was able to overcome racism, injustice and inequality with the help of two other strong female companions. All in all, it is not a story of Celies suffering, but of her victory.
The central moment in the movie was when Celie looks in Shug's eyes and allows herself to smile. Shug was the woman who told Celie once that she is ugly. Then slowly she was able to see the inner beauty of Celie. Also, Celies beautiful relationship with her sister was a pleasant part of the movie. My favorite performance was obviously the center of attraction Celie, who was played by Whoopi Goldberg. Of course the character was not easy, she had to feel and act like Celie, who is rarely allowed to speak, to dream, to interact with anyone and bear unimaginable tortures. She had given an outstanding performance which moved the audience. The movie was nominated for eleven Oscars. Majority of audience liked it but some thought it was inappropriate because of the sexual content.
One of the online source that give reviews about movie is Common sense media and they really appreciated the movie. They said that, the movie deals with themes like abuse, racism and sexism --- that are not appropriate for young children. On the other hand, mature teenagers will benefit from seeing the movie, as it will open their eyes about the difficulties women -- especially black women. Though it includes violence and abuse against women, but here are also positive messages about the importance of women's relationships with other women, the power of the sisterly bond, and the human capacity to overcome oppression. What really touches me about the movie was the change of Celies character. That change was for good. She was someone who was treated cruelly, afraid to smile and overall a loser. But eventually her character had a remarkable change which made her smile, dare to dream and live a life that she wants. She is an inspiration for all the women. Along with her, other characters also told the story of overcoming racism and inequality. The character Celie was played with such grace and tenderness that I could feel her experiences. It touches me so deeply that I can say it's not a movie, it's a real life experience that gave me tears of happiness.