Precious Film Review by Breanna B

“Don’t lie to me! Love ain’t done nothing for me! Love beat me down! Made me feel worthless!”  Precious is a heart breaking movie is based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.  Claireece ‘Precious’ Jones has been abused every since she was a baby.  She has been raped by her father and given birth to two of his kids, while at home being continuously beaten by her mother.  Precious grows up poor, and illiterate.  At age 16, she is still in junior high school.  When finding out of her second pregnancy, the principal kicks her out of school, forcing her to go to an alternative school for her GED.  At this alternative, Precious meets some friends and soon starts building some confidence.  Precious leaves her mother’s.  She then finds out that her father died of aids, and she too has been diagnosed with this disease.  Precious has crumbled.  Precious soon comes over this milestone.  She finds out that her mother wants to be reunited with her and her daughter, but she declines this, and goes about living happily with her two children.

The actors who performed in this drama did a well job.  Roger Ebert states. ‘Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, a young actress in her debut performance … is heartbreaking as Precious. Three other actresses [Mo’Nique, Paula Patton and Mariah Carey] perform so powerfully in the film that academy voters will be hard-pressed to choose among them’.  I completely agree with him.  To fully portray their parts, I think the actors downed themselves.  I did not even recognize Mariah Carey in her part.  The make-up artists can also be credited for this.

‘Precious’ takes place in Harlem, New York.  I’ve never been to this city, but I’m sure that it was depicted pretty well.  Precious’ home was that of the lower class.  I there wasn’t really a kitchen area, but instead a sink and stove blended in with a living.  This type of home was very well to depict Precious as a girl from a family with low income.  The school she goes to also may reveal that she lives in the ghetto.  The school is not well kept.  There were a couple of mistakes concerning the setting though.  One being that this movie is supposed to take place in Harlem, but as she departs on the bus, a sign reads ‘Dyckman’, which is located in Washington Heights.

Entertainment weekly notes, ‘Sometimes, a movie has to take you down – and I mean down, really far – to lift you up’.  That is just the type of movie Precious is.  Precious can depict many lives of teens such as those who have been raped, abused, and pregnant.  It also covers those who are insecure and have confidence issues.  Although some critics viewed this movie as racists, I believe this is a moving film.  It provides light on situations that may actually take place in family’s homes.  I would recommend this film for all races.  Precious is rated R so I believe it is intended for older audiences.


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