The Secret Life of Bees
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"The Secret Life of Bees" is one of those rare stories that shows the lines of prejudice go both ways and also the lines of goodness and kindness. "The Secret Life of Bees" is not so much a story about black and white people in the south in the `60s, as it is a story about love and redemption set with a backdrop of changing social mores of the civil rights movement.
I am not exaggerating when I say that the performances in this film by all the major players are for all measurable purposes flawless. Alicia Keyes was a surprise (it shouldn't have been) as the "Angry Black Intellectual Woman" and Latifa was wonderful as the matriarchal sister who brings wisdom and peace to several tortured souls. Dakota Fanning, shows that changing from a child to a teen doesn't take away from the fact that she is one of the hardest working and most effective actresses in the business.
If you are in the mood for an excellent drama "The Secret Life of Bees" is a treasure.
The only watch out is there is some fairly violent hate crimes against a woman (Jennifer Hudson), as well as other violent acts which may make this inappropriate for pre-teens as well as some rough laguage.
The film is almost exactly the same. While I don't remember tiny details of the book, and thus no doubt there are some "key" scenes missing, the film is very faithful to the plot of the book and its characters. It captures both the strengths and weaknesses of the book quite well. Frankly, if you like (or love) the book, then you should be quite content with how it has been translated. If you are unfamiliar with the book, you should have some of the same reactions to the film as I described about the book above.
The story is set in 1964. 14-year-old Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning) is a mature beyond her years girl in South Carolina. She carries a heavy burden. Ten years previously, while watching a fight between her mother and her abusive father, she accidentally fired a gun. The bullet killed her mother. Her mother, who was in the process of leaving her father and also, she fears, leaving her. This has left a hole in Lily, because she's torn between her fantasies of a loving mother that she has killed and a her fears that her mother was about to abandon her to her awful father.Read more ›
Dakota Fanning still continues to intrigue me. She has this been-here-beforeness that is, to me, fascinating and I love watching her grow into a woman. Queen Latifah, who I have actually seen grown into a woman (from afar of course) has this calming spirit throughout the film that made this viewer feel at home whenever she spoke. Alecia Keys character was harder to warm up to but just as equally touched by her gradual (if inevitable) transformations. And the character of June played by Soke Okenedo was done brilliantly.
Money well spent! Thanks Amazon!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I rented the movie after listening to the audiobook. The movie was great, so much like the book! Great job!!Published 8 days ago by cindy
Awesome cast! So good to see a women in a variety of roles and women of color. Great movie, even better book!Published 9 days ago by Lindsay S.
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Does anyone know the 60's pop song the ladies are singing & dancing to in the kitchen? Break Up? Breaking Up?
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Bach - Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007/Prélude
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|Secret Life of Bees--how come no Academy Award nominations?||
No sex, no violence, no profanity, no Academy Award. The Academy does not award good wholesome movies , Akelah and the Bee was another great movie.
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