I went to the Electric with Koi-lee on Friday night. I love the Electric. The foot stools, the seats, the space and the bits in between the seats where you can put your drinks and scooby snacks.
We saw Precious and it was one of the most gut wrenching movies I’ve ever seen. It was shocking in a ‘oh my god I can’t believe some people live like that’ sort of way. A similar reaction as the one I had when I saw Once Were Warriors. A totally different movie though. It’s about Precious, who is a morbidly obese, illiterate girl who is pregnant with her second baby, by her father. As well as incest she also has to deal with her mother, who is actually jealous of the fact she is having a baby with ‘her man’ and takes every opportunity to belittle and humiliate her. One particular rant finished with “I wish I’d aborted you.” She was quite a despicable character and Mo’Nique the actress played her superbly. She just won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role.
The acting wasn’t overplayed and felt totally authentic. Mariah Carey makes an appearance as a dowdy social worker who tries to help Precious and there is no sense of the musical diva about her at all. Lenny Kravitz is John the nurse and he is smoking hot. Ms Rain ,the ABC teacher, who steps in and gives Precious some genuine encouragement and support also gave a brilliant performance. Actually there wasn’t a duff note in the whole thing, apart from the fact that the sound boom kept entering the picture. Seriously, that is like film making 101, keep the boom out of shot.
I felt quite disturbed after watching this. Not just for the people in the movie, but for the fact that there are some girls out there, trapped in similar circumstances with seemingly no way out. Destined to repeat the cycle.
Sometimes we just don’t know how lucky we are.