“Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween” stars Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Diamond White, and Bella Thorne. Released on October 21, 2016, the film has Madea and her friends spending Halloween looking after Brian’s daughter.
The film is directed by Tyler Perry, and it is the tenth installment in the Madea film series. I’m not exactly a huge follower of Perry’s fictional character. The only two I’ve seen from the film series were Madea’s Witness Protection and A Madea Christmas, which I thought were enjoyable, yet flawed, comedies. This latest entry featuring the cranky, but lovable, lady was originated from a fake Madea Halloween movie that was mentioned in the 2014 film, Top Five, starring Chris Rock. Many of us believed that it wouldn’t happen in real life, but unfortunately, Tyler Perry rose to the challenge and made it into an actual film. This is the third Madea film I have seen in theaters with my mom, who really likes those types of films. So how is it compared to the last two I’ve seen?
The first time I saw the trailer for this film, I thought it was hilarious in the most stupid way possible, but I felt that Perry was trying to do something different with the Madea franchise. Unfortunately, it follows the basic ‘Perry-like drama’ formula just like the other ones. In fact, the ‘Halloween’ part of the title doesn’t even reflect the main plot at all. I don’t really have a problem with that since that’s what people liked from the franchise, but if you’re going into this film expecting Madea to experience some paranormal activities, fend off against hordes of zombies, or even meet the characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas, chances are you will be disappointed. It’s a generic and predictable family drama with a relatable message and lots of humor that involves poking fun of the horror genre, the African-American community, and sexual terms. It’s an educational direct-to-DVD event, but for teenagers. Does it mean that it’s a bad movie? Uh…no. It’s a film that’s made for fans of the franchise, and Perry did a decent job at impressing his fan base, as well as providing some good laughs as Madea and Uncle Joe. The other actors and actresses were all right in their respective roles, but the one actress that has a better chance of getting on someone’s nerves would have to be Patrice Lovely as Hattie, mostly because of how she sounds. If you’re the type of person that gets annoyed really easily, you will dislike her voice a lot. There’s also this one scene involving Brian, Madea, Aunt Bam (Davis), Hattie, and Uncle Joe that overstayed its welcome by about a couple of minutes. It does provide a few laughs, but it didn’t need to be that long. The humor is what people will expect from a Madea film despite being a bit dumber than the others. If you’re a fan of this type of humor, you’re going to have a good time with this film. If not, then why are you planning on seeing it in the first place?
Overall, “A Madea Halloween” won’t impress (or even scare) anyone outside of the Madea fan base in terms of its generic story, its dumb funny moments, and a disappointing concept. However, the message that the film is portraying should be noticed by any parent who is dealing with their teenage son or daughter. It would’ve been a lot better if the story was as relatable as its message, but that’s just me. Despite the film not being what I was expecting it to be, I had a nice time watching it with my mom and I would recommend it to those who enjoyed the Madea films for what they are.