Ok, I’m just going to get right down to it.. this is the BEST movie I have seen this year. Directed by Lee Daniels and based on the novel Push by Sapphire, Precious is the story of an overweight Harlem girl with the odds stacked against her. She lives with her abusive mother, has had 2 children by her child molester father, been kicked out of school and has not a soul in the world in her corner.. till Precious enrolls in a school for special needs kids.
There she meets Blu Rain, a teacher who encourages Precious to explore who she is and find her own voice.
I’m not going to lie, this movie is hardcore and can be rough to watch. The year is 1987 and pre Giuliani NYC is a much edgier place.
The performances in this film are absolutely astounding..Gabouray Sidibe shines as Precious; giving her just enough softness without losing her mettle. Mo’Nique is unspeakably sinister as Precious’s mother and is a sure bet for Oscar season..she takes this character to places many other actresses would not. There are also amazing performances by a stripped of artifice Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz and Paula Patton.
I can’t tell you more without revealing too much of the story but suffice to say this film will stay with you long after the theater lights have gone up.. this is a film that is tender, beautiful, ugly, frightening, cruel and one of the most inspiring I have seen in a long while.
Run, don’t walk, to your nearest theater !!
click here to view the trailer for Precious