Contortionists from Cirque du Soleil’s Broadway Show Banana Shpeel
Photo credit to OSA Images 2009 Cirque du Soleil Inc
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A comedy sci-fi film with a woman of color as the lead!
OH LOOK AT HOW CUTE SHE IS.
OK, here is what you need to know:
This movie, which may or may not be any good, is based on a book which is fantastically good. It’s called THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY, by Adam Rex, and not only does it feature a cross-continental road trip in a flying car by a dynamic eleven-year-old heroine of colour named Gratuity (her friends call her Tip), a cat named Pig, and the most loveable alien you will ever meet, it’s got a diverse supporting cast, makes some smart and pointed commentary about ageism, sexism, racism, and the treatment of indigenous peoples, is magnificently funny and moreover has some great comics in it.
It also makes a GREAT readaloud. I could do J.Lo (the alien)’s voice all day. But enough of my blather, let Tip and J.Lo tell you themselves:
All I know about the movie so far is that they have changed J.Lo’s name to Oh (presumably because Jennifer Lopez is no longer a current cultural reference), given him some weird curlycues on his head and taken the ponytails out of Gratuity’s hair. Having seen the prequel, I fear I am not optimistic about this movie doing any justice to the book… but if it gets some people to read the book, that will be a Good Thing.