Review: Precious "Based on the Novel Push By Sapphire"

A work of art.

I could very well end the review right here but the brilliance of this film will not allow me to. What else is there to say about Precious that hasn’t already been said? This film will grip you at the very beginning and it will haunt you once the final credit has rolled and you leave the theater. I left my showing with my mouth wide open, incapable of uttering any words except for “wow”.

In under two hours the audience is taken on a documentary like journey with Clarice “Precious” Jones, a teenage girl who is pregnant for the second time with her father’s baby. We witness the abuse she endures at the hands of her unstable mother Mary and we witness her triumph as she learns how to read and write thanks to the help of Ms. Rain, a caring teacher who wants nothing more than to see Precious excel.

For starters, Precious is not a film that is meant to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It’s real, gritty, in your face, and unrelenting. Every line is raw and uncut. And as a fair warning, if you can’t get past the gratuitous use of the “F-word”, then you will miss the entire purpose of the movie and be disappointed. But if you don’t fall into that category then keep reading….

The role of Precious is effortlessly portrayed by newcomer Gabby Sidibe and if there was ever a film to debut in, this would be the one. Under the direction of the talented Lee Daniels, Gabby shines; you feel for her and with each passing scene her performance makes you want to embrace her and never let go.

All of the actors are stellar in the film, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shephard, Lenny Kravitz and Paula Patton all give remarkable performances. But there is only one performance that truly stood out for me and that was Mo’Nique’s portrayal of Mary. Mo’Nique is an absolute revelation. Hands down one of the best performances of the year and definitely this awards season. I was so taken aback by her performance that at one point I wondered if she was even acting. Her performance is poignant, raw, real, and absolutely phenomenal. In every scene you hate her but you also feel for her. And mark my words, her last scene seals her Oscar fate.

I gladly tip my cap to Mr. Lee Daniels and all of the actors in the film. All of the praise and the accolades are well deserved and I guarantee on March 7th, the entire cast will be present for what’s sure to be an award winning night.

My grade: A+


2 Responses to “Review: Precious "Based on the Novel Push By Sapphire"”

  1. Good but not great like I was expecting.


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