Movie Review: ‘Precious: Based on the Novel By Sapphire’

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 12:00 am.

STIL0053Summary: A horrifying urban drama about an obese girl and single mother named Precious.  The Harlem teen is suffering a monstrosity of abuse in her home, neighborhood and school. Attempting to beat the odds, she is inspired by the unexpected, striving for education and fighting not to repeat the same cycle of circumstances.

Review: Believe the hype, Lee DanielsPrecious: Based on the Novel By Sapphire is everything you expect it to be, and more. While Daniels has already proved himself as a visionary and edgy director and producer with films like Shadowboxer and The Woodsman, the Philadelphia native has topped himself in what is clearly the best film of the year thus far — the best in acting, directing and writing. From the first type on the screen to the closing credits, Daniels and everyone involved managed to take a classic novel that one would think is impossible for the big screen and paint a prolific portrait that will go down as one of the great films in American cinema.

Precious breaks you open and digs right down into your spirit. No matter who you are, we all have tinges of Precious in our lives. As extreme as the story is, it’s real, tangible and deeply vivid. Lee Daniels’ talents are so monumental that you can almost smell the funk of Precious’ home and touch the sweat on her pained face. It’s a movie that took me a solid 24 hours to recover from.

Gabourey Sidibe stars as Precious, in a debut performance that is comparable to Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl or Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls.  Sidibe, who is actually 26 years old, engulfed herself in Precious with taste, ease and vigor.

Mariah Carey plays a social worker and uppercuts anyone who thinks she has no acting chops. She holds her own on the screen with actors who were acting like Mariah hits those mega notes. The movie also included legendary rocker Lenny Kravitz and Robin Thicke’s wife Paula Patton. In addition, there are a slew of newcomers whose lives will change after being in such an excellent film.

But, it is the acting from Baltimore native Mo’Nique that will annihilate every viewer of Precious. Mo’Nique performed like it was the last second of her life as Precious’ mother, Mary. Not a trace of Mo’Nique, the “skinny bitches are evil” diva was on the screen. She was revolting, terrifying and absolutely grueling.  Daniels, who is known to grind audiences with uncomfortable but important scenes (think the graphic sex scene in Monster’s Ball), let Mo’Nique go further than probably any director would let her go. Mo’Nique was a life force on celluloid. Even if Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Katherine Hepburn all came back from the dead — they could not pull that Oscar out of Mo’Nique’s hands.

Unless something earth-shattering is coming down the pike within the next two months, Precious is most definitely the best movie of the year. Reserve your tickets now. If movies can changes lives, this one will change yours.

Precious is in theaters this Friday, November 6th.

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wow......] Said on

i really THINK THIS MOVIE IS GONE BE GOOD BUT ITS GOING TO BE REALLY SAD…..AND I WONDER HOW MO’NIQUE FELT ABOUT MAKEN THIS MOVIE…..CUZI KNOW MO IS NOT THAT TYPE OF PERSON}…BUT I CANT WAIT TO SEE IT TMRW…..BUT YOU KNOW ITS GONE BE AT LEAST 5{FIVE} STUPID GHETTO GURLZ AND BOYZ IN THEIR ECSPECIALLY FORD CITY… BUT I ALREADY KNO ME AND MY FRIENDS FINNA GET IT CKRACKN IN THEIR



MiMi Said on

Ok,the movie came out today…..but why do we have to wait to see it in Indianapolis,Indiana til Nov 20???????Also there is only ONE movie theater in this BIG city that will be showing it.WTH is this about???



Carlieta Hayes Said on

I have been waiting for this movie to come out I saw the preview of it and it mad me cry. I called to see when it will be playing, in my area and it won’t be until November 20th. Never the less I guess I can wait, but in the mean time if I found it close I will be going to see it.



Stephanie Smith Said on

Today is Novemember 6th 2009. I can’t find this movie anywhere in Baltimore……..Went to the major theatres in area and nowhere to be found.
I took a day off of my part time job just so I could patronize and wouldn’d you know it, the theatre attendant could not even tell me when it would be showing………

Signed,



Dechaundra Graham Said on

OMG I stay in Alabama an i called the movie theater in Meridian,MS and they said they wasn’t even gone play the movie at all WTH is really going on……….this is bogus



jewjew Said on

I read the book years ago and always said this should be a movie. Well it finally happened! I loved the movie. I live in nj and went to times square in ny to see it. It was well worth it and every woman or teenage girl needs to see this movie



shaniel Said on

this movie is a inspire to all obese women and men who has been abused in their family or even marriage. to all women, men, and children be strong and dont let the people who do you wrong, dont let them see you cry. because they know what your weakness is.



kendale Said on

i want this movie in my area!!! i live in indiana would love to see it!!!



aLICIA MURPHY Said on

I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS THE MOVIE IS NOT EVEN COMING TO LOUISIANA, i am so upset i think its coming to baton rouge, why would they even advertise it in our area and we can’t go see it. that is very upsetting.



YAKIMA Said on

I WAS SO LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THE MOVIE PRECIOUS. I WAS SO DISAPPOINTED TO FIND IN MY SEARCH FOR SEEING THIS MOVIE ,THAT ITS NOT PLAYING AT ALL IN NEW JERSEY. THERE ARE ONLY 3 THEATERS IN NEW YORK THAT ARE SHOWING THIS MOVIE!
THIS STORY HIT CLOSE TO HOME FOR ME..I AM A BLACK WOMAN AN I TOO WAS MOLESTED BY MY FATHER.THOUGH I WASN’T ABUSED AT ALL BY MY MOTHER, I FELT THE CHARACTER PRECIOUS’S PAIN IN THIS BOOK .WHEN I READ THIS BOOK YEARS AGO, IT MADE ME THINK ABOUT MY OWN SEXUAL ABUSE THAT I ENDURED FROM MY SICK FATHER. I FEEL SO BLESSED THAT I GOT THROUGH MY PAIN OF MY ABUSE. SAPPHIRE DID A GREAT JOB WRITING THIS BOOK.FROM THE LOOKS OF THE MOVIE TRAILER LEE DANIELS , DID AN EXCELLENT JOB ON THE REMAKE OF THE BOOK. PLEASE FANS IN NEW JERSEY REQUEST THAT THE MOVIE IS SHOWN IN NEW JERSEY AS WELL!



marlenemurphy Said on

the movie precious is not playing in pittsburg,i’am mad as i could be about this what or how do we get this movie i have been waitting on this,please send this out to everybody hammer loews to get this movie.much love. do we even no why it’s not playing in my town somebody tell me something i go and see all of tyler perrys movies help help help



Leah Said on

I am really hoping for this movie to come to South Jersey/Philadelphia Area! what do we need to do for this to happen? Any1 know?



Mz. CoCo Brown Said on

I am in Indianapolis, In. and I have been waiting on this movie to come out!! When it came out , it did not come here yet!!!!!! I want to see this movie!! How can I find out when or if it will be coming to Indianapolis????



Janikqua Said on

I really haven’t seen the movie Precious yet. But just by watching the preview and noticing how the acting is so poweful coming from each character makes me want to watch it even more… When i do finally see it i believe that it would bring tears to my eyes. Good job and thumbs up to Oprah and Tyler Perry..=)



nc Said on

Yeah I have fell a victim to not being able to watch this highly anticipated movie because the movie theaters in alabama are not showing it!!! Can I get some help here Oprah!!??



Carolyn Jones Said on

I live in Longview, TX. Is the movie “Precious” going to show in Longview? If not, how can I get a DVD of it?



JaNTH Said on

Why is this movie not coming to Alabama?



Delanie Said on

Saw the movie. Was simply not impressed. Seems there were way too many deep issues to explore and not enough movie time to cover in depth.

Sorry, just my take.



lesley r.johnson Said on

DEAR MS.MONIQUE
MY FRIENDS AND I WERE READY TO GET TOGETHER TO SEE THIS AMAZING FILM AND COME TO FIND OUT IT IS NOT SHOWING IN PITTSBURGH PENNSYLVANIA. WE WERE HEART BROKE WE ALWAYS SUPPORT BLACK FILM AND I DON”T KNOW WHY IT DIDNT COME HERE.BELIEVE ME I KNOW THERE WERE A LOT OF PITTSBURGH PEOPLE UPSET. I ALSO KNOW THAT IT ALSO DEPENDS ON THE CITY AND STATE TO MAKE THE DECISION ON WHAT COMES INTO THEIR STATE.BUT KNOW YOU HAVE FANS IN PITTSBURGH PENNSYLVANIA WE JUST WERE NOT BLESSED TO SEE THE FILM.WE WILL WAIT FOR VIDEO AND HAVE A GIRLS NIGHT IN, THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU. MRS.LESLEY R.JOHNSON