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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Film Review: Precious

"In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction." - Taken from IMDB- Precious.

Have been wanting to watch this film for a while now, it was on my LoveFilm list but last night (Monday) it was on television (BBC2, thank god for lack of adverts!) so i decided to give it a watch.  It's powerful stuff! I read a couple of synopsis's of the film but nothing prepared me for what actually happened.  The story was brilliant, really hard-hitting and as an audience I felt really sorry for 'Precious' and felt guilty that I couldn't help her with her situation.  *SPOILER ALERT* It was really hard to watch some of the scenes where 'Precious' is getting abused by her mother, even if it wasn't physical abuse but the verbal abuse, it was disgusting. The acting was superb especially from 'Mary' the mother, played by Mo'Nique.  She fitted the role of the bad mother perfectly but also eased into the role of the guilty mother perfectly as well.   I was shocked at how far the film showed what a bad mother she was, when I was watching the scenes with 'Mary' and 'Precious' son (her second born) I actually covered my mouth with my hand because I was that shocked and unprepared for how she was treating him.  The scenes with 'Precious' and her teacher at her new alternative school were really inspiring, it showed that the simple tasks such as writing a letter in a notepad can be just as important as learning a language or a science.  Filming wise, it is typically independent, with lots of zooming, cuts and then static close-ups of objects.  Even though the film isn't based on a true story, it is real story, a story that somewhere someone can relate to, as this kind of thing happens everyday, all across the world.  To conclude, I thought the film was brilliant, really heart-felt and thought it was the kind of film that makes you realise what a good life we lead and that we need to be more grateful of what we have and who we have around us.  The only criticism that I have, is that sometimes it was hard to understand 'Precious' as sometimes she mumbled, I kept having to reach for my remote for the volume but other than that I thought it was a brilliant film.  Defo a worthwhile watch.

Has anybody else seen it? What did you think of 'Precious'?


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