Review Proud Mary (2018) – Taraji P. Henson’s Proud Mary is a 2018 action thriller directed by Babak Najafi. Written by John S. Newman and Christian Swegal, this gangster mystery also stars Danny Glover, Neal McDonough, and Billy Brown. With a $14 million budget, the R-rated flick premiered January 12 and earned $10 million opening weekend, landing in eighth place behind Paddington 2 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Review Proud Mary (2018) Proud Mary Flops At The Box Office Amid Dismal Reviews
From the outset this film looked promising. As Mary Goodwin, an assassin for a Boston crime family, Henson ignites a turf war between rival cartels when a botched hit returns to haunt her. “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone,” by The Temptations, plays over the opening credits, which alludes to a modern-day take on the blaxploitation era. However, this picture is void of all the hip, soul, and funk that exemplified the 70’s genre.
Although Proud Mary included soulful ballads and a star-studded cast, this Afrocentric drama garnered 1.5 out of 5 stars. The mediocre plot, subpar dialogue, and poor casting choices sabotaged this feature. As the murderous heroine with virtuous morals, the multi-talented, Oscar-nominated Taraji P. Henson delivers an unconvincing lackluster performance. Danny Glover, the perpetual father figure, is miscast as Benny, the ruthless kingpin. And baby-faced newcomer, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, who starred as Young Simba in the Broadway production of The Lion King, plays an abused orphan named Danny.
Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” blares over the climactic car chase at the end of the movie. The rousing anthem perfectly accentuates Henson’s edgy feminist persona, but the story could’ve used more personality overall. Taraji P. Henson executively produced this Screen Gems production which also co-stars Xander Berkeley, Margaret Avery, Rade Serbedzija, and Erik LaRay Harvey. Since its debut, Proud Mary has grossed over $19 million domestically and is currently playing in theaters nationwide. For the hottest reviews and latest headlines, visit the igloo at TV Eskimo.
Review Proud Mary (2018) characters and cast include:
Mary – Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Empire, Hidden Figures, Person of Interest, Smokin’ Aces, Hustle & Flow)
Tom – Billy Brown (How to Get Away with Murder, Hostages, Dexter, Southland, Cloverfield, Star Trek, Race to Witch Mountain)
Danny – Jani Di’Allo Winston
Walter – Neal McDonough (Minority Report, Boomtown, The Jesuit, Suits, Mob City, Justified, Band of Brothers, Murder One)
Mina – Margaret Avery (The Color Purple, JAG, Meet the Browns)
Uncle – Xander Berkeley (Terminator 2, Gattaca, Aquarius, 12 Monkeys, Longmire, Zoo)
Luka – Rade Serbedzija (The Saint, Batman Begins, X-Men: First Class)
Reggie – Erik La Ray Harvey (Twister, Luke Cage, K-PAX, Godless, Boardwalk Empire)
Benny – Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon, 2012, Cold Case Files)
Jerome – Owen Burke (The Town, The Equalizer, The Forger, Black Mass, The Polka King)