Movie Spotlight: Boo (1 & 2)! A Madea Halloween

Welcome to a little corner of the site we like to call, Movie Spotlight! This is where we take the time to showcase some films from the past, present and maybe even from the future! Okay, that’s a lie, there aren’t any films from the future here. We do have candy and an assortment of cheese though – so sit back, relax and take a gander. You might discover a film you never knew about for your Netflix or Showmax watchlist!

The story…

Part 1

Trying to win the approval of her friends, 17-year-old Tiffany sneaks out of the house to go to a Halloween bash at a fraternity. The fun soon ends when police and the cranky, fast-talking Madea (Tyler Perry) arrive to crash the party. Unhappy with this sudden turn of events, the vengeful collegians decide to scare Madea and her cronies with a series of pranks. She soon finds herself under attack and on the run from an assortment of ghosts, ghouls, and zombies on the scariest night of the year.

Part 2

Tiffany travels to Derrick Lake to celebrate her 18th birthday at a Halloween frat party in the middle of the woods. Frantic and worried, Madea, Aunt Bam, and Hattie hop in the car to save her from the same terrible fate that befell a group of teens there years earlier. Chaos soon strikes when the would-be heroes find themselves fighting for their lives against an array of spooky monsters, goblins, and boogeymen.

So, what makes this film(s) so great?

Usually, I’d only do one film but since Boo 2! A Madea Halloween perfectly follows Boo! A Madea Halloween, I figured – let’s do a joint spotlight!

First off, these movies aren’t for everyone. Typically, I myself don’t enjoy Tyler Perry films or the Madea franchise as a whole but The Madea Halloween films have grown on me a bit as something different. See, usually, Tyler Perry films will be heavy into some inspirational topic or social issue, which put me off his films in general. I mean, he’s genuinely funny in the characters he portrays on screen but manages to overshadow the comedy; something that should be funny, with something gloomy and topics you’re typically not really in the mood for rehashing yet again – especially not when you’re searching for some light entertainment featuring a hilarious old lady.

This is where The Madea Halloween films vary quite significantly from Tyler Perry’s other works. I think he gets it now.

While there still is an underlying message in these films, the focus is on comedy and actually features some memorable characters. Unlike his other films, The Madea Halloween films don’t try to ram an issue down your throat at all times. There is an issue to resolve and learn a lesson from, but it’s not thrown at you to leave a sour taste in your mouth by the end. In fact, the issue being addressed here is parenting, respect and discipline – something I think really needs some focus in today’s day and age. It’s quite relevant and the way it’s brought across is not only relatable but understandable.

See, the story basically follows the first 17 and then 18-year-old Tiffany, and since she’s a bit of a ‘ho’ and a brat, both films circle around teaching her a lesson. A lesson she obviously still hasn’t learned by the end of the second film, I might add. We might even have to see her get another lesson in a third film. In fact, Tiffany needs a big ass kicking. If there is a third film, I’d throw Jigsaw at her. I mean, this girl is severely unlikable on so many levels that at no point during either of the films do you even feel slightly sorry for her. Most of my time was spent nodding going ‘uh huh, uh huh, that’s what you get!’.

The first film particularly shines with great comedy moments and some rather memorable dialogue, often exchanged by the older characters. In fact, the older characters are the only reason I truly like either of these films. The old people in this film, two of which is Madea and her brother (both played by Tyler Perry), are not only hilarious but badass in their own right. They remind us of people we might know or have met in real life and also remind us that old people might not always fit into our modern times, but still, have quite a lot to teach us.

To be blunt though – You could probably do away with the entire cast except for the old people and just keep throwing monsters at them. I’d pay to watch that on its own.

Boo! A Madea Halloween and Boo 2! A Madea Halloween are, as I said, an acquired taste that not everyone will like.

While the first film is rather original, provides some great laughs and excellent dialogue, the second instalment is almost an exact copy and just not as good as the first. Still, either film makes for decent entertainment on its own or together. The Madea Halloween films are for fun and nothing else. If you look too deep into them, as with anything, flaws will show quickly and might spoil the fun all together…

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You know, this was supposed to be my day off. But nooooooo. Instead, you got me out here dragging your heavy ass through the burning desert, with your dreadlocks sticking out the back of my parachute.
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