Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Secret Life of Bees - DVD Review


Starring Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okenedo and Paul Bettany.
Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood.

Consider it the Fried Green Tomatoes of 2008. Dakota Fanning is the little white girl who runs off from her abusive daddy. She's joined by her nanny, played by Jennifer Hudson, and the two share a Huck-and-Jim relationship. They eventually wind up where they want to, at a honey shop owned and run by African American sisters in the 1964 South.

Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, and Sophie Okenedo play the three sisters, and with this cast, you'd think there'd be a scene where they burst into song, but no such luck. The movie takes a walk down a two-hanky path by a golden sunset, and I enjoyed the journey, not really knowing where it was going and being good with that.

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