"But how about being fat? Isn't it bad for her? Aren't any of these caring teachers going to mention heart disease, or talk to Precious about overeating as addiction, or as the symptom of abuse?" Really, Peter Bradshaw?
lay to rest the diva label once and for all.
Mo'Nique's turn in Precious was phenomenal — but much of the chatter on Hollywood blogs has surrounded her refusals to campaign for an Oscar — or pander to the academy. But does Mo'Nique have the right idea?
The reactions to Lee Daniels' Precious keep coming, and the results are as varied as the writers. How can one film reinforce pathology, provide a fairy-tale ending, and upend the traditional stories of how women move up in the world?
Reading review after review of both Precious and Push, same words keep emerging: "bleak," "pathology," "devastating," and "stereotypes." However, after reading Push and seeing the much buzzed-about film adaptation, I discovered something slightly unexpected: a preponderance of hope.
BlackBook trumpets the headline: "Is 'Precious' Mo'Nique Sabotaging Her Career?" The article then details Mo'Nique's "diva complex" and reveals she may be demanding pay for appearances related to the movie. But is it really that deep?
The buzz about Precious has continued steadily since its premiere at the Sundance film festival. As we creep toward the November 6th release date, I'm wondering how the reviews reflect the themes surrounding the movie - both intentionally and unintentionally.