Tyler Perry is an established director, with dozens of acting, writing, directing and producing credits to his name. But when the latest project of him, Blues of a jazz player is released to Netflix subscribers by the end of the month, the public will see the first screenplay Perry has ever written. The film, which Perry had been waiting for 27 years to make, which premiered on September 11 at the Toronto International Film Festival, and the reviews tell us more about this forbidden love story.
Blues of a jazz player is set in Georgia in the 1930s and 1940s and stars Joshua Boone and Solea Pfeiffer as Bayou and Leanne, lovers separated by class and race. This is not a Madea movie, so let’s see what the critics say. Owen Gleiberman of Variety says the film is full of melodrama, but in a way that somehow feels very new, and will make viewers want Tyler Perry to do the dramas more often. The critic says:
Roberto Daniels of The playlist classifies the film B- e. Although the critic is not a fan of the director behind the film, he finds it full of emotion. The review also praises Joshua Boone and Solea Pfeiffer’s “open” performances:
THRLovia Gyarkye calls the film “a useful melodrama” that employs a series of black and biblical stereotypes, which Tyler Perry assembles into a relatively familiar story. From Review:
Sarah Milner of Slash Film he rates the film 5.5 out of 10, saying it is overly sentimental and overly complicated; it tells us what the characters feel, instead of showing it to us; and romantic scenes are cringe rather than sexy. However, Milner notes that Tyler Perry’s decision to lean on music is a good one:
Katie Rife of IndieWireKatie Rife gives the film a C + rating and, like many of the critics, praises the musical aspects of the film. The critic also agrees with his counterparts that it’s melodramatic and doesn’t have much mystery, saying:
Critics definitely have their likes and dislikes when it comes to Blues of a jazz player but, even though the script was written more than two decades ago, it seems everyone still recognizes Tyler Perry’s work. Music seems to be where everyone can agree on, and if you want to check out this movie, you can do it on Friday, September 23rd. You can also check out CinemaBlend’s Program of the Netflix movie 2022 to see what other movies are coming to the streaming service soon, and start planning your next trip to the theater with our 2022 film release schedule.