Thursday, November 05, 2009
Precious (Based on the novel Push by Sapphire) opens in the US tomorrow. There have been one or two mixed reviews, but overall critics are raving about the movie. I'm reading the book at the moment - it's pretty grim, very modern day Colour Purple-esque stuff - but I'm expecting a big emotional, triumph-over-adversity payoff in both book and movie. By all accounts, the performances are amazing: newcomer Gabourney Sidibe is said to deliver a star-making turn, with strong support from Paula Patton and even, heaven help us, Mariah Carey, who might - just might - also find herself in awards contention.
Meanwhile comedienne Mo'Nique is almost a lock to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
To quote one critic on the performance:
"...But, it is the acting from Baltimore native Mo'Nique that will annihilate every viewer of Precious. Mo’Nique performed like it was the last second of her life as Precious’ mother, Mary. Not a trace of Mo’Nique, the “skinny bitches are evil” diva was on the screen. She was revolting, terrifying and absolutely grueling. [Director Lee] Daniels, who is known to grind audiences with uncomfortable but important scenes (think the graphic sex scene in Monster’s Ball), let Mo’Nique go further than probably any director would let her go. Mo’Nique was a life force on celluloid. Even if Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Katherine Hepburn all came back from the dead — they could not pull that Oscar out of Mo’Nique’s hands."