The Secret Life of Bees Review

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I chose The Secret Life of Bees to review. It was wonderful and filmed and set in the state where I grew up, South Carolina. The movie is set in the 1960’s and deals with a lot of race issues that were going on back then in the south. Most importantly it shows how people can become independent and change their lives no matter what kind of obstacles they face. Here is a little synopsis of the movie:

To escape her cruel, angry father – and discover the truth about her late mother’s past – 14-year-old Lily Owens (Fanning) flees with her caregiver and friend Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson) to a South Carolina town where she’s taken in by the bee-keeping Boatwright sisters (Latifah, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo). Surrounded by the unexpected love, grace and spirituality she encounters there, Lily forms a bond with each of these uniquely gifted women and discovers that sometimes you must leave home in order to find it.

The Secret Life of Bees is emotional and uplifting at the same time. Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifah gave great performances but the Oscar worthy performance came from Sophie Okonedo in my opinion. She was so good and you really just want to give her a hug.

There was a moment in the movie where Jennifer Hudson is attacked because of the color of her skin and it just made me want to jump through the tv and throw some punches myself….guess that is my red headed temper coming out. It really shows how difficult it was to live in that time. The country was starting to change and move forward but some people just stayed in their same mindset I guess. I am just so glad that we are more accepting of others.

The best part of the movie is the love and kindness that is shared between the main characters. Lily makes a comment that she lost her mother when she was little but she is so lucky because now she has 3. Yes, I did cry once in this movie :). This is a great drama that I think everyone will enjoy. It really makes you think about what the term “family” really means.


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