|Michael A. Maynez|
"How Stella Got Her Groove Back"
Jamaica, is going to be making waves, as the first port of call, with this movie targeting, the none but the lonely hearts. This luscious, sexy island is really idyllic as the romantic resort for the carrying on of that incredible actress Angela Bassett, she really proves that she is a talent of real magnitude, without her in the principal, role it would have just been another romantic comedy, with her in it she makes us feel the real need for people that get so involved with their jobs they cannot see the forest for the trees.
“How Stella Got Her Groove Back”, is Terry McMillan’s semi-autobiograpy, and it pulls some punches, but laced with many surprises. A forty year old woman, played with such pizzazz, by Bassett, (As beautiful as she is, it is difficult to see her as forty), who falls hook, line and sinker with a gorgeous hunk, Taye Diggs who is only twenty, makes for the mismatch of the year, and how are they going to work our this May, December affair. They do and it’s a beaut.
Whoopi Goldberg contributes one of her better performances, great comedy underscored with a sense of real drama. Director Kevin Rodney Sullivan makes us believe in romance again. He is greatly assisted by a phalanx of talented people, Michel Colobier’s score, and the photography Jeffrey Jur, who makes you want to pack up your summer clothes and head for the Jamaican beach.
“Hoe Stella Got Her Groove Back” only serves to remind us that we don’t
have to wait anymore for that aftermath of “Waiting To Exhale”. Rush out
and meet the power of love.
How Stella Got Her Groove Back
20th Century Fox
Directed by ------------- Kevin Rodney Sullivan
Producer --------------- Deborah Schindler
Executive producer ----- Ron Bass, Terry McMillan, Jennifer Ogden
Camera ---------------- Jeffrey Jur
Edited by --------------- George Bowers
Music by --------------- Michel Colombier
Costume designer ------ Ruth E. Carter
Written by -------------- Ron Bass
Based on novel by ------ Terry McMillan