Mo’Nique was amazing and deserved all the awards (nearly 30 individually for her role as Mary) she has won this past awards season. Newcomer Gabourey Sidibe was just as impressive. Her role was convincing and she seemed to be the perfect person to play Precious. However, as a side note, I wonder if she will really be able to continue on the acting career path. Sure, this role was perfect for her and she transformed flawlessly, but the blunt truth is, there aren’t many roles for larger sized black women, no matter how strong, talented, or likable they are. Maybe she could play a couple guest starring roles on crime dramas or other television shows, but I don’t predict many more movies in her future. I’m not saying it should be this way, but it IS this way. I hope, hope, hope that the film industry could prove me wrong.
This movie isn’t for those who are close minded. You have to have an open mind watching this movie and go in willing to accept the truths you are being told. Not many of us live the life that the people in this movie live, and not many of us will ever understand on a first-hand experience level, what they are going through. But to watch and absorb and accept is to get the movie. Because even if you have never lived the abuse, you can relate to the pain and the hope. And that’s what this movie accomplishes.
I have to admit, if it wasn’t for the slight hope you feel at the end of the movie, and if it wasn’t for Paula Patton as Ms. Rain, there would be no sunshine to this dark movie, and it would be a total bust. I found myself relishing the moments when Ms. Rain was in the scene because it provided some levity to the heaviness of the movie. This, undoubtedly, is an achievement on the part of Director Lee Daniels-he makes the viewer feel as Precious feels. However, another pitfall, or possibly it’s just my personal preference against it, was the moments in which Precious had these fantasies about her life turning into something better and bigger. These scenes, Precious as a movie star, Precious in a music video, had clear intent-Precious wants more for herself. But the placement of the scenes was awkward and didn’t flow with the emotional current of the movie as a whole.
The novel in which this movie is based is called “Push”. I haven’t read it but have heard that it is a very good book. And, as I believe that you have to read the book if you’ve seen the movie, I intend to read it sometime or another.