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Movie Review - Precious

Like Mike
Like Mike

It’s not often I will choose to go and see an out-and-out drama at the cinema as I find there's a fine line in making a good drama. It might sound strange but I believe films can sometimes be too dramatic, which tends to spoil them, because in real life, even when things are bad, there can be moments of happiness, laughter and all the other emotions we feel as people. So when dramas focus so much on the drama I almost disconnect from the story as it just doesn’t feel real. However, I had heard so many good things about ‘Precious’, especially the acting, and with the Oscars coming up I thought it could be worth seeing it at the cinema as it’s up for a few awards. 

“Claireece Precious Jones endures unimaginable hardships in her young life. Abused by her mother, raped by her father, she grows up poor, angry, illiterate, fat, unloved and generally unnoticed. So what better way to learn about her than through her own, halting dialect.”

Now when it comes to doing drama I thought this film hit the nail on the head. It did exactly what I like dramatic films to do and that was its ability to find those little moments within the drama to reflect a bit of laughter or ‘light’ moments, which I felt fully balanced the drama. But don’t get me wrong. This film is very, very dramatic and never pulls its punches on that level and it was done in such a real way. It moved me to tears in only one scene but it was a very pivotal scene and I felt it may have even been constructed that way. However, I can see some people finding many scenes hard to watch and sit through without shedding a tear or two.

8 out of 10 from me.

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