Perhaps little known outside the United States, the writer who wrote them did not really know who the figure was, the story of Madam CJ Walker wins a biography with 4 episodes on Netflix, and having no one even Octavia Spencer in this leading role. For those who are not familiar with the figure of the businesswoman, Madam CJ Walker was the first black woman in the United States to become a millionaire in the country’s history.
Madam lived in a post-abolition era in the country, and the production in 4 parts, shows some moments of the washerwoman’s trajectory that became one of the most important figures of the black community at the beginning of the 20th century. Of course to tell you this, The Life and History of Madam CJ Walker cast a cast with well-known names to give voice and transport these figures to the screens, even if the production delivers a somewhat novelish tone in their stories, plots, and their way of telling the trajectory of Madam CJ Walker in becoming that successful businesswoman.
Octavia Spencer the rule is no exception, and delivers again, an incredible performance to watch and follow, where we see a firm and determined figure to continue with his dreams. In the miniseries we see Madam breaking the glass of a that prevented her from doing many things at the time because she is black, and still being a black woman, and Spencer does it with total conviction and wastes talent.
In this regard, The Life and History of Madam CJ Walker delivers an incredibly well made production by being able to transport this essence that the figure would probably pass. Spencer guarantees himself with some very interesting monologues and phrases, which sound impressive when they are said and shown on screen by the unparalleled talent of the actress who in recent years has embraced her role as a protagonist like no one else.
And even if The Life and History of Madam CJ Walker stands out for the great performance of Spencer, for the period costumes very well made and that guarantee a show apart, from the time that Madam CJ Walker it was just Sarah a laundress who wore simple clothes and had flaws in her hair, until she became Madam that many respected with stunning clothes and hats, the series sins with a slightly novelish tone and let’s say more slapstick at different times. The Life and History of Madam CJ Walker as a biography miniseries it is more like a 6 Global soap opera, where the way the story is told leaves the viewer looking like watching a sugary romance, and that puts the characters in funny situations and passages, something that really makes it more of a free adaptation than anything else.
Of course, this does not detract from the historical importance of The Life and History of Madam CJ Walker and the fact that Madam CJ Walker was able to overcome obstacles, overcome prejudices, and excel in a totally white, heterosexual, and masculine world. The Life and History of Madam CJ Walker she still manages to talk about themes that are present, and very current, such as the position of women in the job market, the struggle for equal pay, an old struggle for visual stereotypes, and even a certain fetishization of black women.
The roadmap for The Life and History of Madam CJ Walker even though simple at different times, you can play these complex questions in small passages and moments, either when Madam CJ Walker you need to go to a Business Fair to defend your idea for the creation of a factory, or even, when you need to come up with a plan to put your products in a drugstore chain.
The history of the Madam CJ Walker to create your empire is marked by small adjacent stories that influence the main plot, be it your relationship with your husband Charles James (Blair Underwood) who thinks that his wife’s work hurts his masculinity, his eternal dispute against Addie (Carmen Ejogo) her former employer and competitor, or even issues involving her daughter’s sexuality, Leilathe great
Tiffany Haddish. Thus, the The Life and History of Madam CJ Walker she manages to navigate her overcoming plot and to include in Madam CJ Walker’s trajectory those little moments that make her more human and less a business machine.
In the end, The Life and History of Madam CJ Walker honors one of the most important female figures in US corporate history, where Octavia Spencer establishes itself, once again, as one of the most talented actresses on the air today, and delivers here, in an unmissable performance.
The Life and History of Madam CJ Walker available on Netflix.