Thursday, December 10, 2009

The wait is finally over…

Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Directed by Lee Daniels

Precious is a film about an abused overweight 16-year-old black girl with two children and her incredible heart-wrenching journey to push through. It’s easy to have compassion for this story but Daniels’ ability to make you love, hate and respect the characters makes this movie a success.

I love this film, because it wasn’t a cliché. The main characters are round and complex, played by exquisite actors. There are scenes so uncomfortable it makes you cringe but not too long to the point that it’s vulgar. I was prepared to cry throughout the whole movie, but instead it was broken up with humor and creative dream sequences. Precious is a perfect example of a story so personal it touches on many aspects of society and the human condition without being preachy or disrespectful.

Lots of variables come to place when a film of this caliber is able to reach mainstream audiences. Not many studios are looking for a depressing movie about a girl who gets raped gets pregnant and contracts the AIDS virus. Lets not forget that she is black, overweight and poor. A story filled with ugly social stigmas doesn’t scream blockbuster success. The brutal honesty of the film can only leave the viewer feeling a sense of respect for the journey weather you can relate to it or not. The ability to grab audiences with truthful hard-hitting storytelling without alienating the viewers is a testament to the filmmaker.

I have waited a long time for a film like this. Many films with all black casts get turned into stereotypical depictions of right and wrong instead of just telling the truth. I can only hope this is a beginning of a new genre of black cinema. Thank you Lee Daniels!

1 comment:

  1. So glad you convinced me to see this film! I didn't have high expectations (especially considering Tyler Perry's association with it and that "Wild Things" fiasco, which I am still bitter about). I still think the dream sequence transitions were mediocre (this is the 21st Century, isn't it?), but as a whole it was a mind-altering cinematic experience. What could be considered by the media as the "ugly" side of urban life is portayed without judgement. That, in itself, makes it beautiful.