Three Life Lessons From Taraji P Henson’s "Proud Mary"

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I am a fan of Taraji P. Henson. I love every character she's played, especially as Cookie in Fox's Empire. She always shows a level of sincerity, courage and tenacity as an actress. For me, his characters are always very relatable and multidimensional. She's like your favorite cousin, keeping her a real aunt, a friend who supports you. When I Saw Sony's Thriller / Screen Gems Proud mary last weekend i was impressed with Taraji again. But not because the movie was great.

I liked the movie, but Proud mary wasn't a box office success, grossing around $ 14 million on its second weekend amid $ 20 million screenings on its opening weekend, and making its debut in eighth place as a box opener. The film, however, has hit its breakeven point, so that's still a good thing, especially since Taraji has executive producer credits.

There were elements of the film that were missing (the quality of the production could have been better, the writing could have been tighter, would have liked a better construction at the beginning and more action in the middle, maybe being his one-on-one with another woman – something that her cookie character does perfectly), and the multi-character play wasn't up to par (which was going on with Danny Glover and Billy Brown). But looking beyond it all to focus on Taraji's character, Mary, she entertaining (albeit stereotypically) performs as a fearless, mean, bullet-armed murderer showing motherly instinct. , empathy, and survival skills to protect Jahi Wilson's character, Danny. , the son of one of his victims.

As a sparse film buff but a staunch supporter of black female-led roles, I always look beyond the entertainment aspect of films and focus my understanding on the character's story and her reflection of standards, values ​​and beliefs of society. Mary & # 39; s story was not fully developed, but the storyline was clear enough to ensure that she was an orphan taken in by a criminal family who had an encounter that had left her. ; had awakened. She decided to take back her life, her goals, and her dreams while giving Danny a chance to experience motherly love, hope and stability. Trying to take back control of a patriarchal environment is a familiar scenario that many women face in their lives, but just like a bad movie, there are always things to take worthy of any experience.

  • Trust your instincts. Mary's career choice was more about survival which desensitized her actions and directed her life. But when she saw the kid in her brand's house subconsciously playing video games, her instincts told her it was time to move on, but not without curiosity and concern for who she was. left behind. She often thought of the child and watched over him. She recognized that a life change was due. As women we have a unique gift and often know we have a bad job, have toxic relationships, and make unhealthy lifestyle choices. We have to remember that it is our divine nature to trust our instincts and know when it is time to make changes to do the right thing, not just for ourselves, but often for ourselves. others. Let's not ignore that nagging feeling or sign that we know is meant to get our attention.
  • Be ready to start over. The organized crime family decided that Mary's fate was to murder people. It took her orphan a child to realize that her life was worth more than that, so she decided to start over, to live life differently and on her own terms. An overhaul can happen at any time, age, or stage in life, but a person should be prepared to let go of the past and anything negative that weighs them down. Unlike the movie, I'm NOT suggesting being extreme and wiping out an entire family, but there's no shame in pulling yourself away from the people who keep you in a bad place because of their lifestyle, their actions, their dysfunction and / or their attitudes. It's possible to get too big for people and move on, especially after learning the lesson they were in our life to teach.
  • You can always tell the difference. Danny needed Mary as much in his life as she needed him. She learned that her mother had left her and that he felt abandoned, and that her father was not a good guy. Just the little compassion she showed him softened him to know that someone mattered to him. We never know someone's story and the impact life has had on them. Children become the adults we interact with and it's the sincerity and the little cuteness that can make the difference, like a smile, holding the door to the person behind you, a quick email, a text or a phone call to let someone know you mean them, a genuine compliment, or just pay it your way with the expectation of good Universe karma.


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