Last night while watching the Oscars on TV, I watched Oscar-nominated Precious on my computer. I had heard good reviews about the movie and thought it was about time I saw it. It was such a sad film, and was tough to watch at moments because it was so depressing and harsh. But it’s a story worth being told. The movie is based on the novel Push by Sapphire.
The film is about Precious, a 16-year-old obese black girl. She has a very abusive, worthless mother played by Mo’Nique. She has also been raped by her father and has two children by him. Precious is trying to go to school to learn how to read and write. It’s really a story about self-esteem, or lack thereof. Her parents abused her and knocked her down so much that she had no where to go but up. She has a supportive teacher who helps build that broken self-image back up. Despite the negativity surrounding her at home, Precious has ambitions and wants to take care of her two children. Even though the movie had an optimistic ending, it really was still depressing because reality sets in.
The acting in this movie really was amazing. It was so hard to watch Mo’Nique’s character because she was such a terrible, horrid person. Mo’Nique received an Oscar for best supporting actress and it was nice to see her in a serious role. That woman really can act. Gabourey Sidibe plays Precious and was an unknown actress before this. She was such a brave young actress to tackle this role. She was nominated for best actress at the Oscar but lost out to Sandra Bullock. Mariah Carey had a very small role and Paula Patton played Precious’ teacher. She did a great job. The movie was directed by Lee Daniels, who has directed and produced a few others but nothing as popular as Precious.