December 23, 2009
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This movie is the Slumdog Millionaire of 2009. Both come out of nowhere with a story about a character who must overcome a great deal of adversity. In this, we find a girl named Precious. She’s a 16-year-old girl pregnant with her second kid and struggling to pass the same grade she’s been in for years. Her mother is living off of welfare and beats her regularly.
The story is told with a frankness I’ve never seen before in a movie like this. Most films previously like this dilute the reality or the extreme nature of the details to make it more lighthearted and uplifting. This movie has its moments that evoke smiles, but the majority of it is a grueling (yet rewarding) endeavor of watching Precious help herself out of the mess she has lived in since birth. As the story goes on, she continues to be inundated with tribulations and setbacks that weaker people would have given up at trying to remedy. The biggest joy of this film is watching her face the troubles but keep going. Something that inspires the audience as they go back to their lives after the movie.
Mo’Nique is brilliant in her role as the abusive mother. She deserves every award coming to her for this movie. And kudos to our adorable lead and Mariah Carey, they took what could have easily been one-dimensional characters and sat back, but they rounded them out so that felt like real people.
All in all a moving picture. It takes you through an emotional hell. But leaves you with a good feeling. 3.5 out of 5 stars.