Tyler Perry’s long-anticipated Madea return hit Netflix on Friday, 25th February. After previously retiring the famous eponymous character that has been the centre of over a decade of movies, Perry saw reason to put on the Madea costume again, and why not? – tapping into Netflix’s diverse and populous membership base to bring his creative ideas to the fore.
“A Madea Homecoming” is the 12th film in the Madea franchise; the last one was 2019’s “A Madea Family Funeral.” Like the previous 11 movies or most of them, it keeps things admirably simple.
Perry, as keen followers of his works will know, has been behind heavy sleeper hits, most of them lauded for the way they’ve dramatized and brought sensitive real life scenarios to big screens.
The Madea movie series allows him to be more creative yet subtle in the way he tackles these issues. “A Madea Homecoming” in all its celebration of humour, Perry’s witty writing, and people of colour, manages to draw attention to sensitive subjects such as racism, police brutality, LGBT, and so on.
A special feature in this particular instalment is the inclusion of a white European family, brought to life by the inclusion of veteran actor Brendan O’Carroll, who plays Madea’s closest likeness, Aunt Agnes.
Like Madea, Aunt Agnes does not give a f**k, and in most parts of the movie, appears to be trying really hard to maintain her cool. Maybe because she’s in a foreign land. If she ever returns in a sequel like we anticipate, expect Madea to meet her perfect match.
“A Madea Homecoming” has got all the perks of a barbershop drama, although Madea’s coven is mostly where everything takes place.
Expectations for Madea movies are never beyond the ordinary; chaos, unfiltered opinions, lots of drama, laughs and plenty laughs, numerous sarcastic lines to pick up, then there’s always one or two words of wisdom and ridiculous parables to learn from Madea herself, and this one delivers on all fronts.