REVIEW: Tyler Perry Isn't In Drag But He Is A Drag In 'Alex Cross'
18 May 2013
Excerpt: It's a curious truth about Tyler Perry that, when not in drag and playing the outsized role of Madea , he's a recessive screen presence, appearing a little uncomfortable in his own body, awkward and not particularly emotive.
Excerpt: Bemoan the casting of Tyler Perry to the role of Alex Cross if you must. It is undoubtedly a bad call, especially given the slate of other potential stars who could step into the role. Heck, back in 2001 Morgan Freeman snagged the role in Along Came a Spider .
Excerpt: The Film Tyler Perry is known for wearing multiple hats (and multiple dresses) for all of his theatrical productions. However, when he hangs up his Madea wig and sticks to one job, we get Alex Cross .
Conclusion: Infamous for its mediocrity, 'Alex Cross' mostly lives up to its poor reputation. Despite well-meaning attempts from the cast, Perry and Fox are both led astray by lackluster direction and terrible scripting.
Excerpt: The character Alex Cross doesn’t exactly have a great cinematic tradition. Within the last 15 years the book-born detective/psychiatrist has made his way to the big screen twice, first in 1997 with Kiss The Girls and again in 2001 with Along Came A Spider , and both were critical disappointments.
Excerpt: It’s hard to imagine any role played by Morgan Freeman that would make a comfortable fit for Tyler Perry, who’s not exactly the most conventionally authoritative figure on American movie screens.