Now we will focus on another genre that is different from the one in the previous blog post on The Amityville Horror, although this movie I’m gonna present to you now contains a certain amount of true horror, too. The reason why I was suggested to watch this stems from a discussion about musicians in movies where I claimed that Jared Leto is the absolute best rock star-turned-actor, but then I was told that Lenny Kravitz is so much better and I should watch Precious. Which I did. And no, Lenny is not better. Sorry, boo. However, Precious is a good movie and I’m really glad that I could finally find the time to watch it.
This movie is about 16-year-old Precious in Harlem, who is illiterate, overweight and comes from a very messed up home. She is pregnant with her second child, both being the result of incest as her biological father raped her. Precious lives with her physically and emotionally abusive mother Mary who is angry at Precious because of the year long incests and for the fact that her husband left her and preferred to sleep with her daughter. Mary is a mess who doesn’t do anything else but smoke, watch TV and collect welfare, and she believes that educations doesn’t do anything for Precious. Despite everything, Precious decides to transfer into an alternative school where she meets the wonderful Ms. Rain who believes that Precious can have a future if she learns how to read and write.
I was warned that Precious would be a harsh movie but I had no idea it was that brutal – the movie is brutal from the very first scene, and you’re quickly introduced to Precious’ life and her background, which makes the movie even more brutal. We witness very foul language, especially from Precious’ mother who makes you hate her from the bottom of your heart. We also witness both sexual abuse from the father in the flashbacks and the physical abuse from the mother who, at one point, throws a TV at Precious. Crazy bitch! But let me just say something – Mo’Nique won an Oscar for her performance as Mary in this movie and it was well-deserved because, although she is an abusive monster, some times her acting manages to make you empathetic toward her. As for Gabourey Sidibe, her portrayal of Precious was solid but she was difficult to understand at times but I don’t know if it was on purpose as a part of the role or she just mumbles in general. However, playing an abused child with so many “undercover” emotions is hell of a task and, in the scene where Precious breaks down in class, I promise you that you’ll get teary eyes.
Although the movie isn’t based on a true story, unfortunately, this is the reality of many people, and maybe it is a bit stereotypical to showcase it in Harlem. What I appreciate about Precious, though, is that she has dreams and she believes in them, which is why she wants to educate herself and she wants to read “at college level”, which makes me so proud. It makes me proud because I know that there are people like Precious who can see themselves as more than victims and who still have hope in life. What I don’t like, though, is that Precious mentions how she wishes she was white and skinny and she sees herself in the mirror as a white male! Beauty knows no colors, although I know very well that society dictates the ideals. Precious is a brutally honest movie that will shake you in many ways and make you believe in humanity. And can we just talk about how beautiful Paula Patton is for a second? I was in awe! Robin Thicke is officially an idiot.
Honestly, I haven’t thought about the rating until now and I’m stuck somewhere between 4 and 5 clapperboards. However, I can’t seem to find a good enough reason to give it 5. Casting? Gabourey and Mo’Nique were the only one worth mentioning, although Mariah Carey surprised me. But some unexplained things happened such as the white boy in the class at the end, and sometimes the flashbacks confused me because, at some points, you don’t know whether we’re watching the daydream or reality. Precious is an excellent movie with a touching story that will definitely leave you in awe.