"Oh, so you're going to stand up there and look down at me like you're a woman? You don't know what real women do! Real women sacrifice!"Imagine being kicked in the head by your own mother, while you're on the kitchen floor in labor with your second child, your father's child. Imagine being picked on by the kids in school who are calling you fat and illiterate. Imagine your mother watching as your father sexually abused you, over and over. Imagine growing up in the projects where your only friend was yourself, and she was dying inside. Imagine being just sixteen years old. Imagine your name was Precious.
Newcomer Gabourey Sidibe illuminates this heartwrenching true character on the big screen in the upcoming movie Precious, based on the cult classic semiautobiography Push by Sapphire. I think this is one of the most horrible stories I think I have ever witnessed on the big screen. It left me wondering, How can someone so young experience so much pain and still find the strength to wake up each morning? Sidibe truly did this character justice and made you feel for her. Funnywoman Mo'Nique will shock you as she takes a dramatic turn as Precious's mother, her arch rival and the source of many of Precious's problems and who's also harboring her own deep pain. GRITTY, to the extent that her character had many people in Harlem's Magic Johnson Theatre gasping in disbelief tonight at some of the graphic abuse scenes. Note: this movie is certainly not for young audiences. Costarring Mariah Carey (in her best role yet--but still not memorable to me), Paula Patton who beautifully portrayed Precious's schoolteacher and confidante, Lenny Kravitz and Sherri Shepherd, Precious is a true story of survival and hope and not to be missed.
Precious comes to theaters November 6. Check out the trailer here.
My rating: A