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AfriGeneas at the Movies

Re: 'Secret Life of Bees' A Moving Tale

I took my daughter for a Girl's Night Out to see this movie. I was really looking forward to it and wanted to love it because of all the star power. However, I didn't love it. It was just OK. It dragged in a lot of places. Could have easily waited for it to come out on DVD. My daughter (who's 24) thought it dragged too.

That being said, there were some good performances. Latifah was as good as expected. Dakota Fanning's performance was flat. Alicia Keys surprised in a few places but she had one of the best roles playing the politically aware, angry-at-the-man, sister.

I cried twice during the movie. Once when Keys' character fell to the ground laughing with Fanning's Lillie and laughter turned to tears. It felt genuine. The other moment for me was when Latifah's August handed Lillie a photo of her as a young girl with her mother. It was an expected moment but still made me tear up.

As I said, the performances were just OK for the most part. The exception was Sophie Okonedo's performance. She's an actor's actor and clearly outperformed everyone else. It was like she was in another movie. If anyone is nominated for anything (but I don't think they deserve to be) it has to be Okonedo. BTW, wasn't she unbelievably believable in Hotel Rwanda!

I've left Jennifer Hudson for last out of sympathy for her heartbreaking family tragedy. The best I can say about her performance is that it wasn't terrible. She can't really act though, just looked the part (like she did in Dreamgirls). Overrated as an actress and as a singer.

My friends are all over me for not being crazy about this movie. Go see it. Form your own opinion.

B.J.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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