PRECIOUS Movie Review
PRECIOUS will be released to theaters today Friday November 6. The movie is starring Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz, Gabourey Sidibe and directed by Lee Daniels. If you are planning to go see the movie, here are a few reviews from around the web to help you make up your mind.
Because the early screening of Precious came with a warning from the publicist to bring tissues, I fully expected to be a goner. Yet there I sat dry-eyed through all of Lee Daniels’ screen adaptation of Sapphire’s celebrated 1997 novel Push. The movie has the kind of authenticity and ugly immediacy that make the tears of a viewer sitting in the dark safety of a movie theater seem a little silly — indulgent even. Read More
Part of the magic of movies is their ability to take you places you otherwise couldn’t – or wouldn’t – take yourself. From the fantasy realm of extraterrestrial adventures to the life-and-death setting of a battlefield, film can teach us about ourselves by allowing us to experience the lives of others. Read More
Wall Street Journal
Just a few weeks ago, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” looked to be this year’s requisite heartwarming movie story. The elements were all there: a difficult subject that made financing almost impossible (until a millionaire guardian angel stepped in!); an unknown star whose virtuoso performance is garnering Oscar buzz; celebrity backing by no less than Oprah Winfrey; lots of gushing stories in the mainstream media. Read More
For almost 90-percent of it’s runtime Precious is so bleak and downright desperate you wouldn’t need to explain yourself if you told me you didn’t want to see it. However, should you go against what your instincts are telling you, you will end up seeing an eternally hopeful film that is hands-down the best drama I have seen in 2009 so far. Read More
Precious Synopsis: Lee Daniels’s PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL “PUSH” BY SAPPHIRE is a vibrant, honest and resoundingly hopeful film about the human capacity to grow and overcome.
Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), a sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want. She’s pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother (Mo’Nique), a poisonously angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is a place of chaos, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret: she can neither read nor write.
Precious may sometimes be down, but she is never out. Beneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an inchoate but unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her. Threatened with expulsion, Precious is offered the chance to transfer to an alternative school, Each One/Teach One. Precious doesn’t know the meaning of “alternative,” but her instincts tell her this is the chance she has been waiting for. In the literacy workshop taught by the patient yet firm Ms. Rain (Paula Patton), Precious begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain and powerlessness to light, love and self-determination.
Precious is in theaters now. Watch the trailer below.