Sample Psychology Movie Review on The Color Purple Movie

The Color Purple” is a movie that documents the traumas and eventual triumph of Celie, who is a black woman. When the film introduces her, she is seen running with her sister in a field full of purple flowers. As she comes into a clear view, it is evident that she is pregnant, and the father is responsible for the pregnancy. After giving birth, the baby is taken away by the father just as he had done for the previous baby. By the time she gets into an abusive marriage, she can no longer bear children, and her husband flaunts his love for another lady. Despite the challenges, Celie endures to the end, and she finally gets her victory.

The movie is based on the novel written by Alice Walker, who narrates Celie’s story by a series of letters. Consequently, she used the letters as her channel of improving sanity in the chaotic world where nobody listened to her. Celie’s turning point, both in the book and the movie, happens when her husband comes home with another woman named Shug Avery whose life has been ravaged, yet she was still lovely. Shug calls Celie “Ugly as sin” at their first conversation. Nevertheless, Celie continues to carter for the husband’s lover, and for the first time, Shug sees the beauty in Celie. This is the most captivating moment in the movie because Celie smiles for the first time in many years, and this part warrants further reflection because it shows how one’s attitude can change villains. Essentially, Celie is an outstanding character in the movie, and she displays astonishing grace and tenderness, which makes her the most exceptional figure in the film, and this what viewers should look for in this movie. In the end, she lives a happy life and owns a business that is thriving.

Therapeutic Implications

There are many scenes in the movie, which can be essential in a therapeutic process. Anger tirades can be addressed using one of the scenes in the film. The chosen scene is vital because it can be used during a counseling session to solicit point of view of a client. When Celie’s husband comes with Shug Avery at home, the husband’s love abuses her by stating that Celie was as ugly as sin. Celie is furious about the comments but does not immediately respond to the abuse; instead, she calms down and overlooks what had been said. This scene can be used to help clients with anger issues. The incident can be used when advising a client to be self-aware and avoid immediate response when a situation triggers anger. The scene can be used to emphasize on the need of a client to relax in their minds and not to allow emotions to overtake him/her. I would use the scene to make an emotional connection with the client by reflecting with the client on how Celie felt after being abused by her husband’s lover.

Another scene that has value in the therapeutic process is genuine interaction between Celie and her young sister, Nettie. Both of the sisters enjoy a good relationship with each other. They are ready to sacrifice for the sake of each other (Walker 144). When the father almost assaults Nettie, she flees to Celie for safety. Additionally, genuine interaction is also seen between Celie and Shug Avery when they enhance a good relationship, which eventually bears fruit. The scenes can be essential when dealing with clients who have issues in their life, yet they also have close persons who can be crucial in solving their situation. The scenes can be used to advise clients who are experiencing difficulty in life but have either a close friend or relative who can help them solve the situation. For instance, if a client is being abused by his/her spouse and has nowhere to go, the only alternative would be persuading him/her to join a close friend or relative. I would use the scenes to teach the client how to build genuine relationships by cultivating trust among people who may help in a given situation. I would also use the scene to enhance an emotional connection with a client by conversing on the importance of close friends. Nettie trusted her sister and felt she was always safe with her.

Personal Implications

When I watched the movie, I was filled with disbelief and disappointment on how innocent girls can be turned to sex slaves by the people who are supposed to protect them. Nevertheless, I was impressed to see Celie growing from a scared and timid young girl to a strong woman full of passion and perseverance. The movie confirms how the rates of abuse in the family set up are growing at an alarming rate, and more children are vulnerable to trauma. The video also reveals the gaps that have been in the counseling sector. For instance, a counselor can work with a victim of domestic violence who has young children but fail to offer support services to the children.

The movie reveals that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be the most appropriate method of treating child/adolescent behavior. The approach can be the best because it encompasses behavioral techniques, which include relaxation skills and stress inoculation training. The components evident in this type of therapy is the most appropriate for children who have been exposed to traumatic events in their lifetime. I will use the information I learned from my perspective of the movie to campaign for relevant therapy strategies among children to resolve and manage trauma. Furthermore, I intend to use the information I have learned from the film to promote the parent-child relationship in society. Had it not been a bad relationship between Celie and her parents, she would have lived a better life.

Professional Implications

I had never known that friendship is one of the powerful tools of a healing process until I watched this movie. Hence, in my professional practice, I will always seek to know the types of friends my clients have. Positive relationships can be translated into a support service. As seen from the movie, Shug eventually turns out to be the person who cemented Celie’s recovery and empowerment because of the friendship. Hence, in my delivery of therapeutic services, I would make use of positive relationships to enhance recovery among all my clients.

One of the scenes that is memorable is the movie, which I strongly agree with as a professional is that which involved Harpo’s second wife and Shug. Harpo’s second wife gets up and says, “I too, am leaving, I am going with Shug.”  The scene depicts inspiration which a counselor can use to help a client in making decisions. A counselor can be a source of hope for the client in different ways, such as encouraging a client to take a particular direction about a given issue (Dix 87). The biggest lesson I have learned from this movie that will make me a competent therapist is that the lowest points of someone’s life can make him/her stronger. Thus, as a therapist, I will utilize the most devastating moments of my clients to make them stronger; this is achievable because every client has some strengths in the situations they encounter. Hence, I would seek to utilize my client’s resistance to fasten the healing process.

“The Color Purple” is an exciting movie that ends on a positive note. Celie encounters multiple challenges, but she perseveres until her story changes. The events evident in the film are essential to any therapist because the scenes are applicable in real-life situations. Various skills, such as handling anger, which can be used during therapy, are evident in the movie. Hence, the film deserves to be listed among the best movies that can be used for therapy sessions.


Works Cited

Dix, Carl. Thoughts on the Color Purple. , 2016. Print.

Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. , 2019. Print.