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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Precious reaction




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."

10 comments:

ticklepickleme said...

Have you seen it? I was too poor to go to the screenings during the London Film Festival.

Declan Cashin said...

No I haven't. I left America on Wednesday so I'm missing it by two days. Doesn't open here until January.
Saw Paranormal Activity though. Over-hyped but it has a few good scares.

ticklepickleme said...

I think I'd have to be dragged to that film. Although I said that about 2012 and now I can't wait. Good marketing will do that to you I guess.

Declan Cashin said...

It sure will. I saw the first hour of 2012 and it's really enjoyable. Better than the trailer suggests

Declan Cashin said...

Watch and weep
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIkMpUkMoIs

ticklepickleme said...

She seems like a cutie alright (can't wait to see the film!)...but nothing on Miss Carey Mulligan who has already stolen my heart in An Education. Have you seen?

Although it seems with all these newbies (along with Abbie Cornish) and with Baldwin & Martin hosting the Oscars next year, Streep is the obvious choice for Best Actress...not quite sure how I feel about that.

Declan Cashin said...

Yes, loved An Education. Mulligan is still the fave for Best Actress I think.

ticklepickleme said...

I would love to see Carey win! Along with Colin Firth for Actor...a girl can dream!

Declan Cashin said...

Apparently it's gonna be between Mo'Nique and Julianne for Supp Actress...

ticklepickleme said...

It will go to Mo'Nique. I can't see Julianne winning for her role in A Single Man...unless they decide (or realise) she deserves an Oscar of her own.