Pros: Great acting. Nice flowing film.
Cons: Some really sad scenes!
If I could un-invent one thing in the world that would have and would not currently exist, it would be racism. If I could have prevented one single thing from history, it would be black people having to pay their bus fare in the front, get off and enter into the bus through the back. If I could have an autograph from one person in history, it would probably be Martin Luther King Jr. But I would have also loved the opportunity to sit down and listen to Rosa Parks speak.
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was a civil rights activists and has been coined as the mother of the civil rights movement. She had a brilliant mind, even from when she was a very young girl. She was one of Montgomery, Alabamas finest citizens and definitely someone to look up to for what she was able to contribute to the world.
Rosa Parks lived in a time when the world had an ugly reflection. Races were divided. Black people had to deal with much injustice. Equality was definitely not a reality. Yet if people really thought about the fact that we all put our pants on one foot at a time, maybe the race thing would not have been a thing. Or maybe if we thought about ourselves as all people of God, maybe the vision wouldve been a little more plain. But it was definitely a time when things were about to change and Rosa was one of the driving forces to allow her faith to set her voice be heard.
She was a woman with integrity. She had determination to gain justice. She was a very smart woman
who refused to believe that the black man/woman was inferior. She was a woman who had to deal with segregationists rules and it was sad to see different visions of the racist world being brought to life in the 94 minute long film The Rosa Parks Story.
In the movie The Rosa Parks Story, Angela Bassett plays an extraordinary role as the woman who stood up for herself and caused the Montgomery bus boycott to come in to order. She plays the brilliant individual who created the spark that ignites the civil rights movement. Angela graces across the screen with such a demanding force and really does a great job expressing realistic emotions based on the character she portrayed.
The movie is a biopic of the life of Rosa Parks. Viewers get the chance to see Rosa from when she was in her youth played by Charde Manzy up to December 1, 1955, the day the Montgomery Bus Boycott commenced. I knew about bits and pieces of her life, but this film shows the heroine in a way that I am glad I had the opportunity to see.
Rosa was always open-minded and very vocal about her rights as an individual. She knew who she was and knew where she was going. While she treaded through life trying to deal with the issues in her life as an adult, the film travels way back in time to when she was just a little school girl and the racial injustices that she remembers facing; like being forced to use a drinking fountain that says colored only that white folks let their dogs drink from. Rosa was a seamstress who made the most beautiful garments. She was secretary of the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP. She was also a mentor who would teach her students the power of being faithful and black at the same time.
She lived under the same roof with her mother, Leona Edwards McCauley played by Cicely Tyson. I love Cicely Tyson in any role she plays. She always adds this charisma to her roles and I enjoy her portrayals. Peter Francis James plays her husband, Raymond Parks. He was a barber and also very passionate about the fight against racism. He seemed to be very emotional and played the role as a husband who cared about his wife pretty well.
The Rosa Parks Storytakes you through the life of the heroine and leads to that famous date in history, on December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama when Rosa Parks refused to obey the order of bus driver, James Blake. What an extraordinary movie this was. There were moments that I was so disappointed at the treatments being dealt to people of color. And then there were moments I laughed, like the kind of smirking you would do when a guy that likes you wants to kick game. True it was that moment on the bus that sparked the idea for the movie, but the story that is built around it is really great. The Rosa Parks Story is definitely a movie I would see again.