Movie Review: the Secret Life of Bees

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English 1010-01N
Mrs. Norwood
26 October 2012
“The Secret Life of Bees” Movie Review

From one of the best-selling novels by Sue Monk Kid and receiving multiple awards, “The Secret Life of Bees” is full of fright and grief turning into a heart-warming, tear jerking film. You will go on a journey with Lily facing child abuse, racism, suicide, and life threating situations. She is one courageous little girl who won’t stop until she finds the truth. From the opening credits to the last scene every tear and terror is worth it. The final scene will leave you with a feeling of satisfaction and comfort.

“The Secret Life of Bees” is full of drama, action, and adventure. It was written and directed by Gina Prince and filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina. It came out in theaters October 17, 2008. The cast is full of phenomenally talented and experienced actors. The leading role, fourteen your old Lily, is played by actress Dakota Fanning who has played in many movie since she was a baby. Dakota won Best Performance by a Youth-Female in 2008. Jennifer Hudson plays Rosaleen, Lily’s black caretaker. Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, and Sophie Okendo play as the three Boatwright sisters who kindly take Lily and Rosaleen in after running away from Lily’s abusive Father, T. Ray played by Paul Bettany. This movie was also awarded Best Female Images in a Movie in 2008 in the Women’s Film Critic Circle.

Set in 1964 in South Carolina, Lily has a hard and troubled life. She is tormented of the memories of her mother’s death. She blames herself and can’t seem to let it go. She doesn’t know much about her mother, except the bad things T.Ray, her father, tells her. To escape her emotionally distant and abusive father, Lily flees to Rosaleen, Lily’s housekeeper and friend, and they run away together. Lily has a picture from her mother’s belongings which leads her to a small town in South Carolina that holds the secrets to her mother’s past. The three intelligent Boatwright sisters,...
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