13 February 2014
Critic Frank Ochieng mentioned, “Soul Food is an appetizing dish...an ethnic dramedy
served with spicy attitude” (Ochieng). It is a warmhearted, stupendous, touching, and sensational family film.
tells a story from the point of view of an eleven year old boy named Ahmad acted by Brandon Hammond. The film is about an AfricanAmerican family, which has eaten soul food dinner as a family every Sunday for over forty years. Throughout this film learning life lessons and how significant it is to cherish family is important. This is a comedy, romance film with a whole lot of drama. Big Mama Joe, acted by Irma P. Hall, is one of the main characters in this film, she’s the rock that keeps the Joseph family together; as she said in this quote, “One finger pointing the blame, don’t make no impact, but you ball up all em’ fingers into a mighty fist, and you can strike a mighty blow, and this family has got to be that fist.” (Irma P. Hall). George Tillman Jr the writer and director based this film on his own life experience of a “closeknit family” (Tillman). Soul Food
argues that not all AfricanAmerican
films have to be about negative situations, they can have a positive perspective, and be about the importance of cherishing families.
is a film that wants’ to show the audience the importance of cherishing family. Soul Food
is full of captivating special moments involving delicious soul food. The wonderful part about this film is that it never falls into monotonous moments; all of the scenes are very
intriguing. Even though in some parts it gives you forewarning that something regretful later in the film is going to happen, but that is what makes this film more interesting. This is a great storytelling film that talks about the importance of family. As critic Frederic mentioned, “An African American drama about the importance of ritual in holding families together”, (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat). Overall this review epitomizes the point of this film, because in the film they want to keep the longlived tradition alive, and all Ahmad wants is for the family to stick together. What George Tillman Jr is trying to argue in this film, is that not all AfricanAmerican films have to be about negativity; they can have a bigger meaning. He wants to do something positive to reach out to the audience about an African American family going through rough times, but still tries to remain strong. All the scenes in this film are well put together, so there is not going to be a time where the film has got away from the point it is trying to make. All the actors are very well played, and it is very clear that the actors know who the person is their playing.
The organization of this film was well put together, it does not start in the past, but Ahmad tells stories of how they spent their Sunday dinners, and how everyone came down from all over for the holidays. This film has a very good beginning, a heartbreaking yet intriguing middle, and a powerful and beautiful ending. As the film begins, Ahmad introduces the actors to the audience; as the setting took place at Bird’s, and Lem’s wedding which is Ahmad’s aunt and his new uncle. I think the setting is very significant to the beginning of this film, because all of the main characters are together celebrating; and it made the setting perfect timing to introduce the main characters. Big Mama Joe plays a very huge part in this movie, and tries to keep the peace in the Joseph family as Ahmad said, “She always knows how to set things right.”
(Ahmad). A longlived tradition started down in Mississippi, and Big Mama Joe kept the tradition of eating soul food dinner every Sunday when she moved to Chicago with her husband. ...
Cited: Michael Beach, Mekhi Phifer, Brandon Hammond, Irma P. Hall, Jeffrey D. Sams, and Gina
Ravera. Fox Pictures, 2000. Film.
Ochieng Frank, “Soul Food (1997)” Rev. George Tillman Jr, by George Tillman Jr.
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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, “Soul Food (1997)” Rev. George Tillman Jr, by George Tillman
, 2002. Web. 16 Fed. 2014.
Thomas Kevin, “Soul Food (1997)” Rev. George Tillman Jr, by George Tillman Jr.
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