Stuff We’re Loving: The Secret Life of Bees


In a previous post, I mentioned I got to see a press screening of The Secret Life of Bees, but I couldn’t talk about it much. Well it comes out tomorrow, so now I can.

Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, the film is an adaptation of the New York Times’ best seller of the same name. Starring Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keyes, Sophie Okenedo, Paul Bettany and Jennifer Hudson, it follows a young girl (Fanning) in 1964 who sets off with her housemaid (Hudson) in search of answers about her mother. She comes from an abusive background, but she finds comfort in the home of the Boatwright sisters (Latifah, Keyes and Okenedo), who run a honey business out of their home in South Carolina.

It’s not a perfect film, but it is a great one. The emotions that are poured out through the actors are amazing, especially with Okenedo. I wouldn’t be surprised if she is considered for an Oscar (she was already nominated in 2004 for Hotel Rwanda). Fanning, as usual, shows she is a tremendous young actor with a great future ahead of her.

So if you’re looking for something good to see (although W. certainly looks interesting), definitely consider this film. Here’s a trailer:

-Alex Quevedo

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