Ed’s Note: Cicely is one of like five people in America who has seen ‘Precious.’ So she’s gonna give y’all a feel for what to expect… without giving too much away.
For a lot of you, “Precious” will be coming to your local theaters this weekend. Mark this as a good thing. You need to see this movie for two reasons: (1) Black films that don’t include your “favorite” gun-toting granny also need to make money, and (2) you’ve never seen a movie like this before.
There are, however, a few things that you should know before going in:
1. The lines will look something like Memorial Day at Six Flags. I’ve never seen anything like it for an independent movie with no box office stars. You remember those crazies who were camped outside your local AMC/Regal/Cinemark for all of the “Star Wars” movies? They hung around out for “Precious,” too—and they smell.
2. People took the “Produced by Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey” tagline too seriously. Usually a TP-produced film is great family fare. Uh-uh. Not this one. There is serious rape and abuse going on this movie. It’s not for the faint of heart, which leads me to …
3. Bring tissues—lots of them. I am not a crier. I’ve said this repeatedly in my comments on this blog. I understand why others do it, but it’s just not for me. That said, I got a little misty at several points during the movie. I didn’t let one slip, but it was awful close. This movie is a truly emotional journey. And if you’re like me and also not a crier, believe me, the person next to you likely is one.
4. Watch out for the stars. Unlike TP’s completely unnecessary cameo in “Star Trek” this year, the A-listers who show up in “Precious” are a welcome surprise, not a WTF moment. Mariah is nearly unrecognizable. Lenny Kravitz is, as always, dreamy.
5. Mo’Nique will change any opinion you’ve ever had of her. Whatever you thought of this Queen of Comedy, good or bad, you will walk away with a new-found respect for her skills. I’m not going to say much more than watch out for her at the end of the movie.
I didn’t want to write a review of the movie, because, you’ve either read lots of them already or know where to find the good ones. What I will say is that this movie was truly outstanding. All the players brought their A-games to the screen. I will call BS if there aren’t at least five Oscar nominations for this film.
Enjoy the movie (and don’t forget the Kleenex)!
P.S. If you all are looking for good reviews or commentary about the movie, I suggest the following (some of them contain spoilers).