Box Office: The Secret Life of Bees

I had my heart set on seeing W this weekend but my friend was visiting and she wanted to see The Secret Life of Bees. I wasn’t going to see it because I have my issues with Queen Latifah and Alicia Keys. The last thing I wanted to do at this point was support them by spending my (Daddy’s) hard earned money. But alas, we went to see the movie…

Pleasantly surprised? Perhaps.

The plot was interesting. The movie is set in 1964, the Civil Rights Act was just passed and Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson) wants to go into town to exercise her new rights. She takes the child that she is caring for, Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning). Well, what she didn’t account for, was that white men in South Carolina weren’t too keen on Black people voting. I must admit, that I was going to write J. Hud off for taking another stereotypical role but the scene really showed that her character had some depth.

Anyway, Lily finds out that the men plan to kill Rosaleen so she and Rosaleen escape to Tiburon, South Carolina where Lily hopes to find more about her mother who died when she was younger. That’s where she meets the Boatwright sisters, May (Sophie Okonedo), June (Alicia Keys) and August (Queen Latifah) who help her discover her strengths and teach her to love all while facing their own dilemmas.

I enjoyed watching the plot develop. I wish that we had a deeper understanding of June Boatwright’s relationship with Neil (Nate Parker-yum!) but what are you going to do. I will say that none of the characters were static.

It was enjoyable, go see it (if you can handle the Southern accents…)


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