Will Tyler Perry Ever Make A Movie That Critics Will Like?
Another Tyler Perry movie and another film that critics throw in the trash. Good Deeds is Perry’s latest foray into film and another film that is devoid of the Madea character. Perry movies that don’t feature the filmmaker in a dress have struggled at the box office. While there are those that are happy that Perry makes an attempt to make films without the Madea crutch, they still don’t seem to fare any better critically.
At the box office, Good Deeds came up short. Compared to his other films, Good Deeds‘ $15 million opening week was his 10th best opening week; with only Daddy’s Little Girls behind it at $11 million. Putting that next to Madea Goes To Jail ($41 million) and Madea’s Family Reunion ($30 million) makes his latest endeavor look pretty bad and is a rude awakening to Perry that his core audience could care less about movies if they don’t feature Madea.
But just because it wasn’t seen by as many people doesn’t mean that it’s a bad movie, right? Wrong.
Rotten Tomatoes collective score for Good Deeds was a paltry 27%. It’s not the worst, that honor goes to Diary of a Mad Black Woman (15%). It’s not as if Good Deeds is an aberration; the film is right on course with Perry’s other movies. He’s only had one film get over a 60% (I Can Do Bad All By Myself). Ultimately, the critics were unkind to yet another Tyler Perry film.
“An otherwise unremarkable pic that takes what feels like a very long time to unwind a drearily predictable storyline,” said Variety’s Joe Leydon.
“The result is an overlong, flat movie in which he’s hitting his “women as victims” theme a bit more lightly, but which lacks an edge and does nothing to keep us from guessing the ending, pretty much based on the title,” said Roger Moore.
This doesn’t bode well for Perry’s future in film making. What it does is put him in a position where he feels bound to continue making Madea films. No matter how bad they fare critically, they make him the most money at the box office.
So are you ready for more Madea?