Although it seemed as if Tyler Perry was done playing the fan-favorite Madea, he came roaring back for one more go at portraying the rough and tumble woman. The newest chapter of the Madea series is, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Homecoming. The film was made for and distributed by Netflix and is currently #1 on the streaming platform. They clearly saw the writing on the wall for the potential of this new film to blow up. There hasn’t been a Madea film since A Madea Family Funeral came out in 2019. That is not counting the filmed version of Madea’s Farewell Play in 2020.
A Madea Homecoming follows the long-standing journey of the Brown family, as Madea’s great-grandson is set to graduate college. However, with the family being back together, hidden secrets and drama threaten to ruin the celebration and reunion. Tyler Perry wrote, directed, and stars in this film. Although this is the first time in which a Madea film has been tapped by a streaming service, that was clearly the right situation, considering its #1 status on Netflix. That is some definite bragging rights considering all the great programming that exists on the platform.
Most of the critic ratings for the Madea films have been underwhelming, but they have been hits among the general audiences. Take the newest film for example. Through seven reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a terrible critic rating of 43%. However, the audience rating of 82% is clearly much higher. That is likely why the film has ballooned into the #1 spot on Netflix. That has been the case for most of the Tyler Perry films, but as you can see, the critic rating doesn’t matter when it comes to overall fan acceptance.
Tyler Perry has a resume that stretches for miles. The man has been writing, producing, starring, and directing in his projects since the 1990s. Although he had created most of his works on the stage at first, many of them were turned into full-fledged films. That includes all the Madea ventures. Madea is said to have been based on his mother and aunt. Perry got his start with writing at a young age after he had been watching The Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah spoke about the therapeutic nature of writing, which Perry took to heart and began writing letters to himself. The nature of the letters was about his upbringing and horribly abusive father. These letters would become his first play called; I Know I’ve Been Changed. Although the first run of this play didn’t achieve success, it was the second run that began to sell out in theaters and gain critical success. The failure of the first run had seen the man living in his car before he got another shot at showcasing his storytelling skills. People can say what they will about his work, but the man is pure perseverance.
Tyler Perry raised funds through his stage productions for his first Madea film called, Diary of a Mad Black Woman. The budget for the film was $5.5 million, but the film grossed over $50.6 million in worldwide box offices. He didn’t direct this first venture, but starred, wrote, and produced the film. It wasn’t until the second in the Madea anthology that he got his directorial debut. Madea’s Family Reunion was the first film that Perry directed and led to him directing all further Madea’s adventures from that moment on. The work speaks for itself as Perry was placed on the Forbes list and became the highest-paid man in entertainment from May of 2010 to May of 2011, where he made a reported $130 million between that time.
On top of his massive success in the film industry, Tyler Perry was named on Time’s, “list of the 100 most influential people,” in 2020. He was given the Governor’s Award from the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2021, and in 2022 he was inducted into the Black Music & Entertainment Wall of Fame. As previously stated, this man’s resume stretches for miles. His work in stage plays, films, television shows, and more is unrivaled by many people, and he is clearly not done getting recognition as his newest film is at the top spot for Netflix. Fans of Tyler Perry and Madea can stream A Madea Homecoming on Netflix right now. Hallalejur.