“The Color Purple” brings its vivid hues to the screen, launching the musical numbers and showcasing the outstanding cast. It completes the circle from book to movie to musical to movie musical. With a spiritual message that should be relevant throughout the holidays, the film adaptation of the Broadway stage performance, which spans decades, outperforms the Oscar-nominated original picture in several important ways. Powerhouses like Steven Spielberg, who directed the original film, and Oprah Winfrey, who costarred in it, are among the producers of “The Color Purple,” which is similar to “In the Heights” in some ways due to the way director Blitz Bazawule (whose credits include Beyoncé’s “Black is King” video) captures the Broadway energy.
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