I saw this movie in its entirety for the first time last night. I know I read the book way back when (ie late elementary/middle school, back when I used to read for fun) but I must have been too young or something because I haven't felt like this in awhile. I've got more to say but I have to go so consider this filler til I can come back.
Anyway, I understand that Walker is just telling a story that's based on the time, but the Spielburg does a phenomenal job bringing her characters to life. Every rape, beating, and other injustices dealt to the women in the story felt like a blow to the gut. I can't imagine even pretending to be that submissive, and Whoopi Goldberg did it exceptionally well playing Celie, the main character. Time after time I found myself pleading for her to just get up and go. I'm glad for Danny Glover's sake that I've seen him in other films, because each new abusive act made me hope that someone would come along to teach him a lesson.
In any case, my review doesn't do the story justice; watch the movie yourself (or better yet, pick up the book). "Celie" could be the grandmother of someone I know, and that's a pretty sobering realization.