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Life is hard. Life is short. Life is painful. Life is rich. Life is....Precious.
Set in Harlem in 1987, claireece "Precious" Jones is a 16-year-old African American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, an angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is chaotic and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and a secret..she can't read.
I'm not quite sure what to make of this film. On the one hand the one-dimensional characters and escapist fantasy sections can be explained by the film's fairytale-like structure but it doesn't make it a satisfying experience. Because all the characters are either good or (very) bad with no grey areas in-between it makes what happens to Precious, which should be incredibly harrowing, strangely distancing. The use of fantasy sections also feels clumsy and poorly implemented. It is not the first time a distressing story has used similarly escapist elements (Dancer in the Dark instantly springs to mind) but these sections never actually progress the story, instead they seem to be there solely to make the grim bits more palatable.…
This is just an awful movie, made by somebody with contempt for cinema, apparently. Poverty porn for people who like hand-wringing in the comfort of their sitting room instead of actual change in the lives of others...
Imagine if you had a friend who doesn’t listen to anyone telling him/her watch yourself (i.e. they have a “do whatever I want” mentality); imagine that person who have been meaning to lose weight and refuse to do so in a proper manner (say exercise 3 times a week). Instead he decides to cut back from fast food, but he decides to order a tick-approved salad from McDonalds served with high amounts of salt and somehow he lost weight. When he tells you about his salad diet, you’re thinking “but you’re still eating fast food.” This is how I feel when audiences and critics applauded Precious, which is directed by Lee Daniels and endorsed by Oprah Winfrey, one of the…
Precious is a girl who is the embodiment of bad luck. Born into an abusive and incest-involved family, living in a dump, aged 16 and has already (ALREADY) given birth to 2 children, she has been dealt the wrong hand to say the least. Precious seems to glide through her life, harboring anger that she never acts on and knowledge that she never explores. Lee Daniels' has crafted a raw and emotional yet rather muddled film, but nonetheless it is a very important watch.
Precious (no, I'm not calling it Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire because that's...no, why try and call it that producers? Just, no.) is all about an overweight, unfortunate teen -- Precious (Gabourey Sidibe),…
I've been aware of the writings of Sapphire for a long time. She was doing poetry slams in the 1980s and was a vibrant performer.
Inspired by the sexual abuse by her father when she was a child, Sapphire's novel 'Push' is an angry but unfocused piece of work, in problematic dialect and with very wide and broad themes centring around the character of Claireece Precious Jones (played by Gabourey Sidibe in the film), an overweight but fiercely intelligent girl, who has given birth to two children by her father, and who is abused physically and mentally by her mother (who is played by Mo'Nique here, and she's fantastic).
The film, renamed 'Precious', gathered six Oscar nominations and one win…
¨Some folks has a lot of things around them that shines for other peoples. I think that maybe some of them was in tunnels. And in that tunnel, the only light they had, was inside of them. And then long after they escape that tunnel, they still be shining for everybody else. ¨
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (yes that is the original title of the film, but we will just abbreviate it to Precious) is a very powerful movie that serves as a social critique on child abuse. This is a very real and raw movie that touches very difficult subject matters that most Hollywood producers would like to stay away from. It shows us another…
A harrowing drama directed by Lee Daniels.
I watched this during a spate of "acclaimed movie catch-ups" which included Rust and Bone, Ex Machina, Boyhood and Pan's Labyrinth, and all I can say is THANK GOD this movie was not a dud.
Nor was it an "easy" movie. It was brutal, honest, dark and utterly compelling. Gabourey Sidibe gives a standout performance amongst a sensational cast, adeptly creating a real empathy for her character. You feel the young girl behind the rough exterior and your heart goes out to her. This made the movie especially difficult to watch, as you cared so much about Precious that the horror of her life felt real - as it should have, because this shit happens.
Weirdly, this movie left me…
Difficult to watch at times, top notch performances all round. The mother from hell.
overweight, abused, illiterate Precious is pregnant with her second child, enrolls in an alternate school to educate herself and turn her life around.
Very good acting debut from Gabourey Sidibe, sometimes hard to watch, not very graphic but the mental abuse is quite hard.
Fairly well acted but empty. Feels like a voyeuristic look at an impoverished and troubled teenage girl with no insight or nuance.
Tal vez peque de moverse demasiado tiempo por los extremos, desde el fango más descorazonador a la luz más pura y bondadosa. Ahí pierde parte del valor porque es cuando se hace demasiado obvia la intención de manipular tus emociones para servirte todo bien masticado, en vez de intentar contar una historia y dejarnos los matices a nosotros.
De todas formas es un drama interesante que eleva el nivel gracias a los espectaculares trabajos de la protagonista y su (puta) madre.
well this is a depressing way to start the year...
It's good to watch movies which make you appreciate the good things in your life like your loving parents, safe home, good education and so on. This was a memorable story about a girl, who got really hurt and still survived.
I can't truly say that I enjoyed watching Precious, but I'm glad for the experience.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…