The Preacher's Wife
The Preacher's Wife is a feel-good comedy that doesn't quite work.
The stars and music are appealing, but the comedy in the film never
quite gels. Courtney B. Vance is Henry Biggs, a preacher in the broken
down church of St. Matthews. Times are rough...there seems to be
more and more to do, with less and less coming in. Henry prays
for help, and is answered in the form of Dudley (Denzel Washington),
an angel. The disbelieving Henry refuses to accept Dudley's help,
but Dudley manages to wriggle his way into Henry's church and family
affairs. Henry's taken-for-granted wife, Julia (Whitney Houston),
and their son, Jeremiah (Justin Pierre Edmund), are particularly
taken by the charming angel. But will his help be enough, and can
Henry save both the church and his marriage? Penny Marshall, who has
previously shown a great flair for comic material, doesn't accomplish
much here. Washington and Houston are both appealing, but the movie
never ignites any true chemistry between the two. The laughs in
this comedy either never materialize or are mere chuckles where
guffaws are tried for. Whitney's songs are nice, but overused
and seem to simply pad the movie. The elements are all there...
you want to like the movie...but the combination of the ingredients
creates a tasteless sludge rather than a hearty stew. You'd probably
get more enjoyment out of the soundtrack than the film.
Click here to add a comment.
- -- -