Ten Thousand Bytes of Cinematic Critique
Precious is exactly the movie you think it is. You know (considering all the buzz), that it’s probably a good movie. Of course, you also know that the subject matter is incredibly off-putting. I mean, let’s be honest, no one sits around thinking, “Man, why won’t one of those Hollywood clowns make a movie about the life of sexually abused, dirt-poor, Jabba-fat, black teenager?” In fact, many people would never even entertain the notion of watching such a film, and those who would would do so only if the movie had a laundry list of credible recommendations. And even then, we know it’s going to be tough to watch. We know all this going in, and we are right. Precious is a difficult watch. Some parts are damn-near torturous. But, you know what else? It’s good.Perhaps the only erratic preconception I had concerned the character Precious herself. I thought it would be exceptionally grating to spend two hours with so fat a chick. Luckily, this attitude wears off very quickly. Sure, Precious is no looker, but she captures your sympathy very quickly and eventually alleviates the “fat” concern altogether. Additionally, the obese effect is somewhat cancelled out by the extensive screentime given to the cock-stiffening teacher character played by Paula Patton. Mmmmmm. So good.
This easily could have been the best picture of 2009. What impressed me most is how the cast just excelled in their roles. Really worth seeing.
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