2018 has started with great promise for a year filled with Black Excellence. My First Reel of the New Year is 2018’s PROUD MARY. I thought I would start off the New Year with a Black Female driven film, since that is a truly rare occurrence.
Mary (Taraji Henson) has lived her life on a knife’s edge. As an Enforcer and assassin for her “families”, business interests, she has given her all to the people who “saved” her. They have become the only family that Mary has ever had.
When Mary finds herself obsessing about a job that went sideways, she starts to question her life. What’s missing? Is she still cut out for the “work” and will the family let her go? In the end, it’s up to Mary to choose between the loyalty & a life she’s become accustomed to, or leaving it all behind to explore an entirely new part of herself.
PROUD MARY had me at Taraji P. Henson. She delivered as usual. Sitting in a theater, watching a movie with a Black Female lead had my heart all a flutter. Even though it took place in the present, it harkened back to the 70’s and brought to mind movies like, SHAFT, SUPERFLY and FOXY BROWN. Taraji as MARY, was complex, badass and totally Blackety Black!! Although it had some warm & fuzzy moments it didn’t fall back into “I must have that man” land, thank god. There were plenty of fast-driving, acrobatic shoot ‘em ups and suspenseful scenes, to satisfy any action movie fan. PROUD MARY had ALL the feels.
I’m wondering why SONY did so little promotion for PROUD MARY. There was very little Hype. I saw the trailer, maybe four times before it was released. Unlike SONY’s film BABY DRIVER which was promoted ad nauseam. I can’t speculate on the reasoning behind the lack of promotion, unless they are setting it up to fail. Maybe to prove that a Black Female Lead can’t be a box office draw.
I hope POC and Allies will show up to support PROUD MARY. We have to put our money where our mouth is.
So, “BLACK PANTHER” and “A WRINKLE IN TIME”… I see you!!