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Proud Mary Movie Review by Ms. H

Written by RealMsH

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of

Introduction to Proud Mary Movie Review

When I see movie previews or movie trailers, I sometimes instantly decide that I will see the full movie when it comes to the theaters. This was the case for the movie Proud Mary.  Since action movies starring females are few and far between, I usually see just about every one that comes out. From the previews of Proud Mary, I knew the movie would be starring Taraji P. Henson who is known for playing Cookie on the TV show Empire.  I was curious if the movie would be worth seeing or if she would just rehash her Cookie character. Did Taraji P Henson make a successful transition from her Cookie TV character to the one she played in the movie, Proud Mary?  Check out my movie review of Proud Mary to find out.

Proud Mary Movie Genre

I was skeptical about the type movie Proud Mary would be.  In fact, some parts of the movie is reminiscent of what they called blaxploitation movies from years past. Even the introductory words at the beginning of the movie used some of the same print styles that you may see in a Super Fly, Jackie Brown or other similar type movies.  If you get the same impression, just bear with the movie. Towards that end, one of the pros of Proud Mary is it is not long in duration.  In fact, the movie lasted long enough where you are not squirming in your seat, wondering when the movie will end.

Movement - Pace of Proud Mary Movie

Alluding to my advice to bear with the movie, Proud Mary starts slow and could very well be like a TV soap opera if not for actions from Mary -- played by Taraji P.  Henson.  Some of the scenes may seem to be just filling up time, but as the storyline progresses, you may realize that those scenes have meaning. If you see the complete movie Proud Mary, you should be able to put the pieces together. By the way, if you missed something, the dialogue in the movie will help clarify the movie for you.

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Actors in Proud Mary Movie

It is  probably obvious that the stand-out actor in the movie is Taraji P. Henson.  In my opinion, she did an adequate job of moving away from her Cookie character in Empire -- even though there are some parts of the movie when she reverts to actions that may bring images of Cookie to mind.  It helps that Proud Mary is essentially an action movie, which differs from the mostly dialogue-based Empire, so Taraji P. Henson is almost forced to play her movie character Mary differently from that of Cookie.

If I had to choose an actor who was out of place and not believable in his role, I would pick Danny Glover who played the Boss in the movie.  I think a better actor to play the part would have been Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes or some other actor who fit the mode of this character better. I think Danny Glover was lackluster in his performance and when he finally verbally fired back at Taraji P. Henson, there was no impact since he spoke all his lines like a droning monologue.  

Proud Mary Movie Title

It appears the writers chose a classic R&B song and wrote the story around it.  Looking back on the movie, I would not use the word “Proud” to describe Taraji P. Henson’s character Mary, even though she was probably proud.  This movie was more action oriented instead of character-study driven, so the movie title, Proud Mary, did not quite fit the movie.  Based on the character, there are better words to describe Mary instead of being proud.  Brave, daring, calculating and even caring are a few choice words for Mary.  But since there are no songs with these words associated with Mary, I guess the writers settled on Proud Mary for convenience.


Assessment of Proud Mary

In a word, I found Proud Mary to be primarily action-focused albeit, I had to wait for the actions to kick in. Also, there are some obvious missteps regarding actions in the movie, especially regarding the security of the Boss.  Spoiler Alert:  The absence of body guards in the direct presence of the Boss when it was most needed was a misstep as well as the guards failing to search anyone who came near the Boss were obvious flaws in the movie. Additionally, there were hesitations in some of the action of the characters to allow certain events to happen, especially toward the end of the movie.  Even though the movie had some shortfalls relative to actions, this did not negatively impact my rating.  With that being said, my rating of Proud Mary would have been higher if the inconsistencies as described above in the movie were not as obvious as they were.

Rating of Proud Mary

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the best, I rate Proud Mary three (3) stars.


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