I had to post a link to the new movie, Precious:
I am halfway through Push, the book by Sapphire that the movie is based on. It is not often that so many issues women face are embodied in one character. From racism, sizism, sexual violence, domestic violence, welfare issues, colorism, ablism, and many, many more — this is the ultimate feminist primer! I am not quite sure what to make of how Precious’ mother’s character, played by Mo’Nique, is being framed as the “monstrous matriarch.” On one hand, giving her villainous character, it seems fitting. On the other hand, what does it mean that the black single mom has once again gotten this branding? This is especially interesting considering the villainous male characters in the story that seem conspicuously absent from this trailer.
On another note, I posted earlier this week about Tyler Perry. He is serving as an executive producer of this film, alongside Oprah. Again, I think we can log some progress points for Perry on this one. It will be important to see what, if any, the trade offs will be.
But, after all, I’m just a cautious optimist. Preliminary thoughts?