I appreciate the casting of DeWanda Wise as Nola Darling. She is exquisitely beautiful and has a story to tell. It's the three clowns she juggles as boyfriends that come across as mere sketches of character and oftentimes just plain annoying. As the measure of one's character can be summed up by their enemies or company, this in turn denigrates whatever respect reserved for Nola Darling. If these men were more than cut outs, but real humans with strengths balanced by failings, scheming in battle with integrity, perhaps I'd have some empathy for them and respect for Nola. As it is, with such a flimsy raft of support, Nola is cut adrift, a character in need of context and story that matters.
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