Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Because a UK release has not yet materialized, I saw Lee Daniel's Precious online today, based on award-winning 1996 novel Push. An arresting story set in 1987 Harlem detailing the trials and tribulations of an overweight and illiterate 16-year old girl Claireece Precious Jones, who resides within a debilitated family--an abusive mother, played by Mo'Nique and father who rapes and impregnates her twice(!) with her first child suffering from Down Syndrome--all with dreams of being a star bottled up inside.
With such a compelling storyline, it's surprising that the hype sorrowing Mariah Carey's role as the welfare worker is indeed not the centre of the movie, which would be absurd. I love this film so much, it didn't bring me to tears however did trigger some emotions. The scene where Previous looks in the mirror and sees a thin white girl staring back at her is a really captivating scene and really got to me. Check out the trailer below: