A trailer has finally been released for Precious. They appear to have ditched the "Based on a Novel by Sapphire" bit from the title altogether, which is a shame since I thought it added something different to it. Nevertheless, none of that mattered once I watched the trailer (and a subsequent ten times afterward) because it looks like a doozy.
I frequently bemoan the lack of quality in films geared towards African Americans. Just like hip-hop music, the best ones are when they're actually about something and address something important within the culture and not just stuff like Beauty School or whathaveyou. See Soul Food for a perfect example. Such a great movie that one, and one that Precious looks set to join in the quality club.
Yes, Mo'Nique does look incredibly good as the abusive mother of an overweight and pregnant sixteen-year-old girl and an Oscar nomination no doubt awaits her. Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe as said sixteen-year-old looks to match her in the acting stakes too. That scene towards the end with Paula Patton is just phenomenal. Speaking of Patton, she also looks excellent but how about that hairstyle? So 1990s! Mariah Carey appears to impress, too, so here's hoping it's all as good as I'm thinking it will be. It will be released in the US in November, but we'll have to wait and see about it's Oscar prospects in regards to an Australian release. These "urban" films rarely get released here on anything other than DVD, but if Mo'Nique can get herself to the Kodak Theatre then that should guarantee a cinematic release of some kind (probably six months later, but it's something!)