A few years ago, I read The Secret Life Of Bees. Although I thought it was an amazing book, I did find it slightly weird and hard to get my head around. Yesterday, we were trying to pick a movie to watch, and B and I had both read the book version, so we decided to watch it. I didn’t know much about the movie before viewing, except that Dakota Fanning played Lily, the main character.
To sum up the story in a few sentences:
Lilly is thirteen, and killed her mother when she was four. Her father doesn’t love her, and her only friend is her Black housekeeper, Rosaleen. On the eve of her fourteenth birthday, she finds something belonging to her mother that makes her run away with Rosaleen to a town where she thinks her mother once hid. It’s here she meets the Boatwrights…
I liked the movie from the first scene because it cleared up most of the confusion from the book. You understood what was happening, and why, right from the first minute. The movie did seem to take longer to get into than the book, but once they got to the Boatwright’s house, it was very enjoyable. The cast was pretty amazing; Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and Dakota Fanning were the main four characters. The story line was never funny, but you could smile in a few places, you definitely cried in a few places, and you felt like you could relate to Lily in most of the movie. There were a few awkward scenes between Lily and her love interest, Zach (Tristan Wilds), that made you cringe away from the screen (such as one where she sucks honey off his finger and he’s kind of grimacing…), and the underlying story line of Black rights in the 1960’s really made you think.
Although I didn’t fall in deep love with the movie, I still enjoyed it. If you have read the book, and didn’t necessarily like it, still go see the movie, it definitely clears things up. If you haven’t read the book, see the movie, and then read it. You’ll really like it more.
I give it a 7.5/10.
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