The Courage to Love (TCL) is such a bad movie that I decided to blog about it . . . as it plays in the background. I recently watched The Feast of All Saints (FAS) and thought they did a good job of capturing the time period and the elite Quadroon society as they try to maintain/understand their status. The film cast includes Jennifer Beals, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Pam Grier, Jasmine Guy, James Earl Jones, Eartha Kitt, Ben Vereen, and Forrest Whitaker. I only listed out all the names because I figured the cast is argument enough for why this is a movie worth viewing. Besides, this Showtime film is based on an actual (Ann Rice) novel, unlike the other movie.
TCL stars Vanessa William, Diahann Carroll, and Cynda Williams. See, when you see Cynda Williams’ name you instantly get suspect, right? Remember her in 1998’s Caught Up with Bokeem Woodbine? That’s another name that raises an eyebrow. Bokeem is one of the most non/overacting actors out there. The 97 minutes invested in Caught Up–I’ll never get that time back! Bad acting feeds off of surrounding characters and that movie proved it.
Getting to the point, TCL and FAS both kinda cover the same Quadroon topic. Except, one film does a better job of demonstrating the realities of slavery, the physical and mental costs of maintaining life in elite (free even) Black society, and that such a society even existed during that time period. TCL is not that film, especially since they toss in religious elements for fun. Also worth noting, is the fact that TCL has no cast, the script is a bore, and the acting could use better coaching. Williams does a poor job of carrying this film and when Carroll makes an attempt to save the movie, her overacting only adds to its failure (reminds you of Bokeem). They were wise about Cynda Williams’ character though, they kept her lines to a minimum. Just let her look pretty. Sign her check.