Friday, October 17, 2008

Movie Review: The Secret Life of Bees

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The bees came the summer of 1964, the summer I turned fourteen and my life went spinning off into a whole new orbit, and I mean whole new orbit. Looking back on it now, I want to say the bees were sent to me. I want to say they showed up like the angle Gabriel appearing to the Virgin Mary, setting events in motion I could never have guessed. I know it is presumptuous to compare my small life to hers, but I have reason to believe she wouldn't mind; I will get to that. Right now it's enough to say that despite everything that happened that summer, I remain tender toward the bees. An excerpt from the book, The Secret Life of Bees


I read The Secret Life of Bees six years ago. I remember it well, because Selah was two years old and I was in a wheelchair, on an oxygen tank and couldn't feed myself. I couldn't mother Selah like I had imagined I would. I was heartbroken. My family knew it and did everything to make me feel better, including picking up books from the public library for me. Reading was my first love and at the time all I could do--wanted to-- back then was read and escape from my sad reality.

I read that book, and not only did it make me fall in love with writing again, it made me stronger somehow. As you know my health and my maternity has spun onto a whole new orbit.

So when I received an opportunity to prescreen "The Secret Life of Bees" The Movie i missed the first two opportunities. Not because I chose to, of course, but because (1) I had promised to Selah to the Rockdale County Fair and then the second time because I was so under the weather. My health is better, but limiting sometimes.

But I have some good friends, closer than sisters, Rhonda McKnight and Pam Perry as well as Felicia Tanner of Liquid Soul Media(a new sister) who knew where my heart was. They reserved the last two tickets for me and a guest.




My eight-year-old daughter, Selah was my guest. If I told you she was one of Dakota Fanning's biggest fans I would not come close to what she says she feels about the actress.

After watching the movie I am in competition to be her biggest fan.

This movie was beyond sweet, heartwarming, charming, heartheavy, bittersweet, romantic. It was heart opening. Queen Latifah stuck her foot in August Boatwright. Alicia Keys...she personified June's sizzle, spirit and spite so well. Oh my goodness.
Sophie Okonedo wore the world's emotion on that screen. Wow. Brilliant. Angelic. And Jennifer Hudson. When I read the novel I imagined someone else, but boy do I thank Director/Screenwriter Gina Prince-Bythewood for casting her. She was a humbled sister/mother so symbolic of The Black Madonna.

I am so grateful to have lived to have read the novel and thankful to God to have seen it as a movie.

I hope my writer-or-die chicks/Sisters in Christ continue to write compelling, centered stories and believe in the power of the bees.

Advisory: This movie has strong themes that if you bring your child(ren) to see, then prepare to talk with them about those themes and how you as a family have decided to honor your family. Selah and I had a long talk about those issues and we will continue to come back to this conversation as she starts puberty.

My rating: 5 Hallelujah Handclaps

Here an Queen Latifah and Tristan Wilds Talk Secret Life of Bees Here




6 comments:

Julette Millien said...

Hi there!

I loved this book - got drawn to it in an airport, on my way to London. Needed a good read and the title jumped out, as I am or has been a beekeeper.
Plus the book cover was the most beautiful..I love holding books. I just love books.

I can't wait to see the movie and your review makes me even more filled with anticipation...will certainly take my children.

I had no idea of your prior health concerns but thank God for your recovery. Selah is so beautiful.
She is more blessed than she can imagine to have you as a Mom.

Thanks so much for your example of God's goodness.

@JuletteMillien
♥♥♥

Dee S. said...

Thank you, Julette.

Its a great movie.

Lukeither said...

I enjoyed reading your story, I had not idea of the book, I must read it before seeing the movie.

Pam Perry, PR Coach said...

My favorite scene is when Dakota meets up with her dad at the end...and the three sisters are like, "Hey, we got this. Go away."

Loved it. Cried. (again).
Thanks.

Dee S. said...

Pam, I loved the expression on June's face when she walked in. My favorite scene was when Lily was fed the honey.

lukeither: the book is magnificent. you will love i.t

heliniorimsa said...

It was out standing movie that I have experienced lately. Thought it was better with the most blacks involve in main characters. They are always pulling and reaching the higher standards of acting. by Alicia Keys and Sophie Okonedo is superb. So too Gina Prince-Bythewood commitment shows the grate outcome of the movie. I watch it online from web site called http://www.80millionmoviesfree.com

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