Precious

13 Feb

The Golden Globes are a joke. They picked some great titles for Best Director and Best Picture this year: Inglorious Basterds, The Hurt Locker, and, of course, Precious. And what did they pick? Avatar. AVATAR. Avatar was very good. Great? No. Best of the year? Not by far. So the hell what if a movie looks like 25 billion dollars? That alone does not a great movie make. A great movie goes beyond super awesome special effects and other such cheap delights. A great movie entertains the mind on a much more subversive level. Avatar is not a great movie. Precious is a great movie.

It is also very depressing. I’ll get to that. First, let me talk about the acting. Oh my, the acting! Of course, everyone has been talking about the two lead performances by Gabourey Sidibe and Mo’Nique. They were both nominated for Golden Globes, and Mo’Nique won. They more than deserve it: Sidibe makes the most beautiful, touching debut performance I have ever seen, and Mo’Nique’s is absolutely stunning, making for the best scenes in the film. There has also been some talk of Mariah Carey, though the talk is mostly that she is in a movie that isn’t historically terrible. That should certainly count for something; also, like the other random big names in the film (Lenny Kravitz, Sherri Shepherd), she has a small role, but she makes the most of it. Good job, all of them, and congratulations on being in this movie, Mariah Carey.

"Can we please stop talking about "Glitter" now?"

Oh, yes, the depression. If you’re reading this, you may or may not be aware of the horrible, horrible circumstances that befall the movie’s title character: at 16 years old, she has been raped by her father and is pregnant with his second child, the first of which has Down syndrome; she is brutally abused by her mother, physically, verbally, and psychologically. I knew this going into the movie; however, my friend sitting next to me did not. After I told him all of this, he asked me a very good question: “Why the hell would I want to watch something so depressing for two hours?” (Paraphrase) That question could apply to a lot of movies. It may just be me, but it seems that a lot of people are attracted to dark, unpleasant, and depressing movies. Why? Because they’re so well made? Because people want to be challenged by a movie, to watch a film that wasn’t really made to be easy to watch? Whatever the reason, I believe that any depressing movie should do more than just be depressing to be worth the experience. What makes Precious worth it is that, in the end, it is a story of redemption and triumph. It tells the story of a character that is strong enough to rise above and free herself from the worst circumstances imaginable. For the same reason, I highly recommend the film. I wish I could spare you the clichés, but it really is a powerful and uplifting movie, as well as one of the best of the year. James Cameron can eat it.

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Next time, I take a break from all of this depressing fare and write a review of Fantastic Mr. Fox.

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