Starring Mary J. Blige and Angela Bassett. Coretta Scott King and Dr. Betty Shabazz, wives of Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, must carry on as single mothers after their husbands' assassinations.
Great for education on Civil Rights, but this is more personal. Betty, Malcom's wife and of course we all know Correttas name. I paid such attention to the Marches, wishing I could be there with them. I had such love and respect for Martin Luther King. Medger Evers broke my heart in his assasination, as well as the three boys that died trying to help them receive their God given right to vote. I was shocked to learn that Malcom was Muslim, (but turned from violence). He was a faithful husband and wonderful father. I was so sad to learn that Martin was unfaithful, but I know all he had to do was truly repent and he was forgiven. The surprise for me was Louis Farrakan had him Malcom killed. That has never been proven, but I am sure he did, as well as Betty, most likely because he turned from violence and the Panthers. I love history! Mary Blige and Angela Basset were outstanding. The movie is great, covering decades, yet I wish it had been longer.
This was an interesting movie in that it showed a side I had never seen before which was that of these two great wives and the uphill struggles they endured while being married to such powerful black men. I loved how instead of pitting they against each other a true love and admiration for each other was blossomed. Very positive depiction of how black women can support and nuture each other.
Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X are very prominent African American individuals throughout history. They fought for what they stood for but in many different ways. As we all know in history there are no two great men that are alike. Their many beliefs may have blossomed from the households they came from and how they grew up. King grew up in a middle class family and was well educated.
The wives to this individuals keep to there work going.
This focused too much on the death of Betty Shabazz and it seemed so out of place. We watched the relationship between these two amazing women grow and although I do know Betty, sadly, did die in that manner, the story of her life is so much more rich and full. I did also have to keep telling myself that Angela Bassett was playing Coretta because she has played Betty twice.
This movie got a lot of negative reviews but I actually enjoyed it. I learned information about these two ladies that was previously unknown to the majority of the public. Sure Mary J is not an actress but I feel that the story line was pretty good and she did a decent job.
Betty & Coretta Gets 3 Stars. I enjoyed the film but had trouble with some of the interpretation of historical points. However I recommend it to those who admire Betty and Coretta and those who admire Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige.