The Importance of Being Precious

I have some free movie tix left over from Marriott’s summer promo (that guests gave to me, of course), so I treated myself to Precious @ Phipps Plaza tonight. First off, I don’t intend to give anything away, because I think it’s a movie that all adults should see. It’s rated R for the profanity and subject matter, but most of our adult lives are rated R, whether we like it or not, so there you go. (Sorry, I’m really not phoning this one in; I’m just a little tired, but wanted to blog while my perspective on the film was still fresh!) With that said, the movie wasn’t nearly as grim as several of the reviews I’d read of it made it out to be. Any film dealing with rape and abuse has the potential to be painful to watch, but Precious was so delicately directed by Lee Daniels that, while you do feel the character’s pain, you don’t get bogged down in it. That may not being coming out right from my perspective, but anyone who sees the movie will agree that Precious doesn’t feel sorry for herself, even though she has every right to.

As far as the acting goes, Mo’Nique, who plays Precious’ mother, stole the show, as I predicted she would. I remember tuning in to The Parkers just because she was larger-than-life to me, and I enjoyed her character in that sitcom even though I realize I probably wasn’t the target audience. Precious is played by newcomer Gabourey Sidibe, and she gives a very nuanced performance, which works well for her character. Then there’s also Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton, & Mariah Carey as supporting actors, and honest to goodness all of them do such a fine job that I was never distracted by their celebrity (though I wasn’t as familiar with Paula as the others–I now realize she’s married to Robin Thicke). It’s also worth noting that Oprah and Tyler Perry signed on at the last minute as executive producers, though I think the film stands on its own without their endorsement. It will be interesting to see if the film is one of the 10 (yes, TEN!) Best Picture Oscar nominees, and if so, if Oprah and Perry get included in the film’s nom as “producers.”

I could say more, but I’m afraid I’d give away some of the plot. Let me just say that it made me look at welfare and teenage mothers in a new light, and it made me thankful, as always, that I grew up in a stable home environment. On that note, if I don’t get in another post before Thanksgiving, hope everyone has a blessed one! We all have much to be thankful for, especially if we take the time to stop and count our blessings instead of taking them for granted.


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