The trailer for the Sundance favorite Precious has hit the airwaves, and good heavens, it is stunning. Blessed by endorsements from Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, the film is an adaptation of Sapphire’s beloved novel Push (they presumably changed the title to avoid conflict with the year’s other Push movie). The first thing that struck me is Precious actually looks like it’s about something. Namely, a teenage girl (newcomer Gabourey Sidibe) wrestling with pregnancy, economic hardships, and a monstrous mother (Mo’Nique) who berates her every chance she gets. This is a side of America most of us rarely see, especially in the movies.
If I had to make a comparison, I’d say it resembles Half Nelson, the incredible teacher-student drama that won Ryan Gosling an Oscar nomination in 2006. Could the stars of Precious be headed to the Kodak as well? I’ve caught wind of grumblings for a nomination for Mo’Nique before, and while it’s ludicrously irrational to make such proclamations based on a two-and-a-half minute trailer, I will confirm she does indeed look amazing. (That scene at 1:35? WOW.) Yes: Mo’Nique. Also known as the former host of VH1’s Charm School. And the star of Soul Plane. And Phat Girlz. While perusing the film’s IMDB page, I had another WTF moment: Both Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz are in the movie. Huh?! My curiosity is definitely piqued. Yours? And to anyone who has read the book: Does this look like a faithful adaptation? Watch the trailer below and share your thoughts.