The Color Purple is a musical adaptation of the eponymous Alice Walker novel of 1982, that won a Pulitzer the following year. This new version is being produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.
One of the year’s most anticipated films, The Color Purple is a musical adaptation with magical realism elements in it. Based on a story that Black women swear by when it comes to a solid portrayal of domestic and sexual abuse, The Color Purple is directed by Black is King director Blitz Bazawule, while Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey produced it along with Quincy Jones and Scott Sanders.
The film will be hitting the theatres on Christmas 2023, December 25. It also dropped its three trailers, with the first one being released on May 22, the second one being streamed on October 10, and the third trailer premiering on December 11, 2023.
As evident from the trailers brimming with life, music and color, as well as the seminal novel, The Color Purple is the coming-of-age story of Celie Harris, who was raped by her own father at the tender age of 14. But it was only after her baby was delivered and snatched from her, did he give her away in marriage to Mister.
Sadly, a tyrannical Mister beats the protests out of her, bans her from seeing her beloved sister Nettie again, and domesticates her like a pet animal in a cruel, endless cycle. It is only when she meets a group of friendly, encouraging women does Celie decide to break the cycle.
Funnily enough, it is her husband’s mistress, sensuous singer Shug Avery, and Celie’s stepdaughter Sofia, who bring the will to live and confidence back in her life, enabling her to stand up for herself. Whether she is actually able to love herself and leave her cruel marriage is what the conflict all about.
The Color Purple’s trailers not only show iconic song and dance numbers but also offer passing glimpses at some of the more somber and darker elements of the plot. The film is illuminated by the likes of Fantasia Barrino-Taylor, Halle Bailey, Taraji P. Henson, and Elizabeth Marvel, among others.