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!