Thursday, October 16, 2008

Swarm The Box Offices For Secret Life of Bees

Whether in front of the camera or behind it, "The Secret Life of Bees" is a testament to female power in Hollywood. Written, produced, adapted for screen, and directed by women there's no mistaking this film's feminine touch. But to categorize it as a mere "chick flick" is an insult. "Secret Life of Bees" is a universal story of the human spirit told from the perspective of young girl seeking love and answers to questions that only God can answer. It has depth--moments that will make you laugh, cry, and better appreciate the America we live in today. So that's two reasons to swarm the theater--a universal story and outstanding filmmaking.

Here's another. It wasn't until midway through "Secret Life of Bees" that it hit me how much the film reminded me of Alice Walker's, "The Color Purple". As very young girls, both Lily (Dakota Fanning) and Celie long to know why they have experienced so much pain so early in their lives. Rejected by heartless fathers, both are separated violently from the one person they cherish the most, and both unexpectedly receive the love they long for from strong women they hardly know. And eventually they both become strong enough to stand up to the one that hurt them the most and forgive. So, if you loved "The Color Purple" then you'll probably love "The Secret Life of Bees" as well. And that's a third reason to hit the box office to see this film.

And if nothing else I've written compels you to see this movie, then my last selling point is the cast. Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, and Sofie Okenedo--all that Oscar worthy talent and creative energy in one film portraying characters as rich and layered as your mama's best homemade triple-deck cake--should pique your interest a little. It's definitely worthy of all the buzz it's been receiving.

I saw it again opening night not only to support it financially, but also to catch glimpses of my own upbringing. Though the story is set in 1964 South Carolina, the film was shot in Burgaw, NC during the winter. The trees, the house, and the distinct personalities of the Boatwright sisters all remind me of home, and especially of my grandmother and her sorority of strong women always dropping by the house. And just like in the Boatwright house, the piano, black history artifacts, doilies on furniture, and the always present and tempting cake or pie on the kitchen table were also customary in my grandmother's home. (Happy Birthday, Big Mama! I miss you! Rest in Peace!)

Whatever motivates you to see "The Secret Life of Bees" I don't believe you'll be disappointed. But if you need more convincing visit the official website HERE for cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. To learn more about Sue Monk Kidd's book from which the film was adapted click the book cover.

2 comments:

heliniorimsa said...

It was shocking drama for me. Even it is a story that we can cry from the start. The directer has added the strength and the power of holding hands together and also the power of women. Secret life of bees is the most voting movie for me and saw the movie at http://www.80millionmoviesfree.com

ellenoir1@aol.com said...

Thanks for your comment. So which was cheaper PAYING for the membership to that movie site or supporting this film you liked so much at the box office?