April 2, 2010


This year we've seen so many great movies make it to the box office that we could easily be at a movie every weekend (the Academy Awards expanded the usual 5 picture nominations to 10 films). Some of the big ones have been Up, Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Up In the Air, The Blind Side, and many more. But one film captured the hearts of so many people that it was one film that we had to feature in this month's movie review and that is "Precious". Just released this month on DVD this is one that I suggest we all see.

Based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire, Precious is about a young, morbidly obese 16 year-old African American girl from the lower depths of Harlem. Taking place in the late 1980's, Claireece "Precious" Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) is a poor, depressed and withdrawn young girl that rarely talks, smiles are even frowns. She lives with her mother Mary,(Mo'Nique) and here we see why Precious really has become who she is now.

Verbally and physically abused by her mom, the young girl escapes to fantasies that are her only outlet into something happy, and the film flips back and forth between these fantasies of her. We learn that Precious becomes pregnant for the 2nd time by her drug addicted father and with the plan to have the baby, we see the hatred her mother has for her since she believes Precious "stole" her man. But Precious is given an opportunity to enroll in a program for problem students where she can try and make something of herself. She's never experienced the chance to "voice" her feelings and here we see some small but significant changes in who she is and who she wants to be. However small these changes they are they are incredibly significant.

Precious shows us a life that we never see and at times it's very difficult to watch. And with that being said, it's our duty to watch this film, as so many of us are unaware of what many MANY kids have to endure and live with. The performances are all outstanding and directed by Lee Daniels, we can see why this was nominated for so many categories at the Oscars. Including a win by Mo'Nique as the hard headed abusive mother, it's hard to believe she's known for her comedic talents.

Precious is a film that makes us think- it's a moving experience, but more than anything we witness a soul that can overcome the worst of the worst, an incredibly moving feat in itself.


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