THE PLOT THUS FAR
Madea dispenses her unique form of holiday spirit on rural town when she’s coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“A Madea Christmas” came out last year and is just now being released for the Holiday Seasons. Larry the Cable Guy and the blonde one from “The Facts of Life” show up to put a little Tapioca in Tyler Perry’s Holiday celluloid pudding. Much of this movie is about Alabama and a black woman hiding her white in-laws from her mother. The giant transvestite Madea shows up to dispense homespun wisdom on these people, as she puts relationships back together. I remember a time when this would’ve made for odd cult cinema. But, LionsGate has found a way to hitch its wagon to a 6 foot + drag queen that thought he was too good to be in “Gone Girl”.
Madea is an icon that best represents the age that birthed the creation. It’s a plastic idol that abuses the disenfranchised while making a generic parental figure to give direction to the listless. The rest of the movie is an attempt to save the school pageant, while the local community screws with the budget. A young black child turns out to be an excellent singer, but he might be getting abused. Ultimately, we run into a tidy conclusion where all problems are solved by the Invisible Hand of Capitalist Jesus. I can’t wait for the next installment Madea vs. Granny Chocha.
The Blu-Ray comes with a Digital HD copy, outtakes and Madea’s Tough Love as the special features. The A/V Quality is on par with Tyler Perry’s last few Blu-Ray releases. The 1080p transfer is crisp. Plus, the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is supportive. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans and Sam Strange.
RELEASE DATE: 11/25/2014