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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.
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...
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.…
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),…
The unapologetic rawness of Precious impressed me a little more on second viewing. I remember despising everything about it four years back (and I'm still definitely not a fan) but my rating has risen. Most of that can be attributed to the snarling, confronting and punishing beast of Mo'Nique. What a powerful performance of a character so morally deplorable. There's also a double-edged sword to that when concerning the narrative. I think Daniels is so concerned in showing such abuse to Sidibe that he fails to acknowledge two important plot-points. You can't just let the audience take everything at face value. Why has it taken anyone so long to get involved until her second pregnancy? And why is the social…
Pobre mina, le pasa de todo, encima la hacen actuar con Mariah Carey
I feel like this film sets out to do all sorts of really interesting things but never quite pulls the elements together. The fantasy sequences, for instance, don't add a whole lot, and the finale doesn't really provide the catharsis it seems to think it does (at least for me).
I don't think "poverty porn" is really a fair charge though. It doesn't have that voyeuristic quality (well, maybe some of the material with the mother does). I think it sheds light on experiences that aren't often represented in cinema - you don't see enough female, black, poor, or overweight protagonist, let alone one who is all at the same time - even if those experiences may be a little too dramatized for some critics' tastes. And there are some really fantastic performances in this movie.
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.
The knowledge of this being based on a true story novel brings tears to your eyes. All actors perform very strongly, even Mariah Carey.
I LOVE THIS MOVIE. Man, I've probably watched it 5 times now. I hope to make a movie like this someday. Yes, it's depressing, but it has an amazing and hopeful ending. Gabourey Sidibe is fantastic (obviously, because she's a goddess), as is Mo'Nique, and everyone else to be honest. The acting is out of this world. Mariah Carey is so good in it that you forget she's Mariah Carey. The story is beautifully told and inspirational and real. The directing is perfect for the tone of the movie. Everything is amazing. It's such a good movie. I sincerely think this didn't receive enough buzz. Like, it was really popular when it was released, but why aren't people still talking about it??? Anyway, watch it.
"My precious". Precious is an illiterate fifteen year old girl who is pregnant with her father's second child. Her abusive mother leads her to believe that she is worthless, her situation leads her to believe that she is without value, and her image leads her to believe that she will never be precious. When an enigmatic alternative professor teaches her to write and to love, Precious realizes that the most powerful message is the one she gives herself. this movie is powerful and hard to watch in parts. Mo'Nique was outstanding in this film and Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe did great too.
Not a lot of people would want to trade lives with Claireece ‘Precious’ Jones. She is sixteen, weighs 330 pounds and lives in one of the poorest neighborhoods of New York. She can barely read and write and is constantly bullied at school. Despite all that she’s rather in school then at home with her mother. She yells at Precious, treats her like a slave and abuses her. Four years ago she had a child with Down Syndrom, who was conceived by her own father. He rapes her and Precious is now expecting her second child. Mother Mary does nothing. She blames Precious for stealing her husband.
Lee Daniels previously produced movies like “Monster’s Ball” and “The Woodsman”, which also…
Has there ever been a film so lacking in nuance and skill than precious? There are gut-bustingly laughable moments in scenes of unspeakable grotesqueness. Performances: fine, but so exaggerated and soextremelyinyourfaceyoucan'tevenbreathe.
Precious was too long for its own good; it presented strong issues to the viewer such as incest and teenage pregnancy but failed to deliver a powerful message in the ending, making all scenes not add up to much. However, it was still worth watching and Gabourey Sidibe's acting enhanced the qualities of the film.
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