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‘The Color Purple’ review(s): How the musical stacks up to the original

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Every week, Kristopher Pollard from Milwaukee Film and Radio Milwaukee’s Dori Zori talk about movies — because that’s what you do when you’re Cinebuds.

We’re not afraid to go above and beyond on the podcast. Whether it’s a slew of Valentine’s Day movie recommendations or a super-sized music episode, Kpolly and Dori don’t shy away from getting a little “extra.” So they didn’t hesitate to call in a big hitter off the bench when they decided to take on not one, but TWO films this week … sort of.

As is the case with all remakes/reimaginings of classic movies, the new version of The Color Purple begs to be compared with the 1985 original. To help tackle that task, HYFIN music director Element Everest-Blanks makes her triumphant return to the podcast for a wonderfully wide-ranging discussion about these two shades of Purple (fuchsia and lavender, as Element puts it).

Perspective is important for a comparison like this, and we have a couple different ones rolled into this episode. Kpolly comes at the most recent version thinking he had seen the original when, in fact, he had not. Dori tried to absorb the 1985 film in her younger days and circled back for an eye-opening rewatch. Element — comprehensive notes in hand — provides something darn close to an academic approach, breaking down … well, elements of the films with an unblinking eye.

As great as the conversation usually is on the podcast, bringing Element’s voice into the mix really supercharges this one. So hit that “Listen” button at the top of the page or find it in your usual podcast place, and get ready to look at both versions of this film in a whole new way.

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