Precious Movie Review
I was able to see the movie Precious last week once it opened here in Grenada. I wasn’t sure what to think about a movie produced by Opera and Tyler Perry. I must say, I was lucky to have avoided most of the details of the plot before watching the movie and I am glad I had that privilege. The film was not what you would call a happy movie by any means, but it was excellent. The performances by Gabourey Sidibe, Mo’Nique and Paula Patton were excellent. Both Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz are also surprises in the movie, but neither is in the film for very long to really make much of an emotional impact compared to the first three actors mentioned previously. It is a very powerful film with a good story and as long as you’re not looking for light fare at the theater, go see this film.
Even with the heaping praise I just bestowed, the movie does have a few problems that took me out of the film. First, why was Precious and her mother watching foreign film La Ciociara? They found a way to make that scene very funny, but the idea of these two characters even watching this movie, seemed so unlikely in itself. There was no way these two would be watching an Italian film from 1960! On the technical side, there was one scene about halfway through the movie where I noticed a boom mic fall into the shot. Another problem seems to be one of how long ago 1987 was to today and how easy it is to forget how hysterical people get over certain problems that first hit the news, this film throws out a bombshell that I am not going to name that should and does rock the main character’s world, but no one else seems to have much of an outward reaction, even in a time when people were MORTALLY afraid once the subject came up. Lastly, there was one scene between Precious and nurse John where she takes him aside from a party and then NOTHING happens, we just end up cutting to another scene, which was very strange and jarring.
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