By now I'm sure that everyone has heard of Precious:Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire. The film is the story of Precious. She is obese, illiterate, both physically and sexually abused and is pregnant with her second child. The film takes place in Harlem in the year 1987.
I was apprehensive about seeing this film at first. Not that I thought it would be a bad movie or anything. I just wasn't sure how I'd be able to handle such a grim premise. Anybody thinking about seeing should be cautious. The violence in the film is unnerving. Especially in one scene where Precious' baby is just as vulnerable a victim as she is to her mother's wrath. To combat the heart wrenching abuse seen on the screen, the audience is taken into Precious' fantasy world where she dreams of being a fashion model and having a light skinned boyfriend. These fantasy sequences are humorous and a joy to watch.
There are also the classroom scenes where Precious is studying to earn her GED. Her classmates work well together as an ensemble cast. Speaking of the cast, it is kind of surprising to be drawn to a movie that totes a cast featuring Mo'Nique, Lenny Kravitz, Sherri Shepard and Mariah Carey. They all make a stellar effort in every scene they are in. Especially Mo'Nique. She is monstrous as Precious' mother is as guiltless towards the audience as she is toward Precious.
For all of the film geeks out there, you'll get a major boner when Precious and her mother are watching Vittorio De Sica's Two Women and the television. Then, are taken to a fantasy sequence that takes place within that film.
While Precious is with a doubt heart wrenching, it is triumphant in the end. The film is worth all the hype and whatever awards attention it earns later on. It stands as a reminder that life is precious.