I'm kinda with The Opinion on this one. Does it make me an ass if I laughed quite a bit?
the dialogue this movie started makes it worth a watch, but four years later it's hard to like. i expected a certain kind of button-pushing hyperbole; i didn't expect the non-stop barrage of "welfare queen" stereotypes. on the other hand, i suspect a lot of young women probably found it cathartic, and i respect the degree to which this movie was NOT made for someone like me.
Apesar de um roteiro bem raso, a protagonista manda tão bem que eleva um completo desastre a uma bela mensagem sem a pieguice mainstream.
Mo'Nique lives up to the hype, she is simultaneously hilarious (shrieking insults and chucking TVs down stairwells like a black Dawn Davenport), grotesque and in her final scene, heartbreaking. Glossy 90s R&B music video aesthetics aside (oh well its Hollywood), the batshit insanity on display and beautifully raw, natural performances by Gabourey Sidibe and the supporting cast members make it worth a watch.
What everyone said: potent acting (even a Mariah Carey nails it), but such baggy, meretricious direction.
Some of the emotional scenes and dialog in this movie felt really melodramatic and overwritten; as if they were designed specifically to get the actors to emote (cry) as much as possible so that they could win acting awards. I'm all for emotional scenes in movies, but only if they feel real and organic. Many of the emotional scenes and monologues in this movie were so phony I was rolling my eyes.
This film is not exploitative. Was Shakespeare exploitative? It's a tragedy, not a realist drama. Precious is a beautiful film that addresses important American problems that transcend race or situation. It's about our value as individuals in a vast world. This film poignantly stands up and says, you are Precious, and you deserve to be loved, no matter who you are or where you come from.
While it has some good acting performances but the whole movie basically come off as contrived. It compiled grim exaggerated disturbing stereotypical drama and throws them at you to exploit your emotions and manipulate you into sadness. I think the hype came from people who felt too guilty to point out how bad this movie truly is.
I've been reconsidering this one. The first time I saw it, it struck me in its gradually shocking little tragedies (from the motherly hatred to the incest to the illiteracy to the testing positive for HIV through the aforementioned incest), perhaps in the same way Mondo Cane struck people who saw it. I'm wondering if I've been subject to what Jean Cocteau refers to as "emotional blackmail." Anyone care to infer?
Like the worst Tyler Perry melodrama, Precious is all cliches, stereotypes and well, just really bad melodrama. I know Perry didn't direct the film (that would have been even worse) but he DID executive produce it.
la voce fuoricampo è sempre un ripiego, dialoghi quasi sempre imbarazzantemente didascalici
I don't mind biopics. Even sad biopics. The more disturbing is the argument, the more happy is the cinephile in me. Now PRECIOUS also belongs to the maudlin post Capra denunciatory genre. With Maria Carey and Lenny Kravitz as artistic cautions and Oprah Winfrey as the High Priestess. Yes. And suddenly I feel tired, very tired. A DVD zone less guilty conscience.