Feb 01 2010

PRECIOUS Opens in the UK: Big Box Office & Great Reviews

< > Lee Daniels' highly acclaimed film PRECIOUS: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire starring Mo'Nique, Gabourey Sidibe and Mariah Carey has opened in the UK this weekend in selected cinemas. The film made over £260,000 in its opening weekend, a phenomenal amount which counts as the best opening of an art film in the UK in two years.

is earning rave reviews from the UK media. Here are some excerpts from the press reviews:

Daily Express - 5 stars
Director Lee Daniels has come up with a fairytale for an age that no longer believes in white knights, handsome princes and glass slippers.
His film Precious has been attracting controversy and awards in equal measure over the past year. The controversy is because there are those who claim Daniels is peddling unhealthy stereotypes of black American lives. The awards are because it is a film of such raw, pulsating emotion that you would need a heart of concrete not to be moved by it. ...

The power of Precious rests in the ensemble cast. An almost unrecognisable Mariah Carey proves her acting ability with a key role as a sympathetic social worker. Paula Patton shines as the saintly schoolteacher Ms Rain. Precious is a young woman who presents the world with an impassive wall of surly silence.

Metro Life - 4 stars
Passionately told with bucketloads of compassion, this is a film that'll have you moaning 'no, no, no!' at the screen as Precious's grotesque mother cruelly hollers: 'I should've aborted you, you fat bitch.' ... But the real revelation is Mariah Carey, unrecognisable as Precious's care worker, a part rejected by Helen Mirren.

Mirror - 4 stars
When the words brave, intelligent and challenging are used with reference to a film, it usually means it's worthy but mostly unwatchable. Yet while the above three words most surely apply to Precious, you won't be able to take your eyes from the screen. ... After switching to a special school, faint glimmers of hope emerge from Precious's new teacher (Paula Patton), a kindly nurse (Lenny Kravitz) and a hardbitten social worker (a barely-recognisable Mariah Carey).

The Evening Standard - 4 Stars
To join this terrific array of performances we have pure magic from Patton as the teacher and a quiet, totally unexpected piece of subtlety from Mariah Carey as the social worker, Ms Weiss. Those who doubt the inner resources of this sometimes chaotic superstar singer will be knocked out by what she does in this film.

The melodrama is never without a degree of poetry, as if a movie by Douglas Sirk had finally — after all these years — got to be told from the point of view of one of the black characters. Millions of Americans know exactly where Precious is coming from, and her pain is common enough. The film’s flaws are obliterated by the sheer wisdom of the players: they not only give you a young woman’s life in the raw, but they convey the journey towards deliverance that educated women can make possible for those they care about.

Precious is a new-style weepie but one that is much more bracing than depressing. It leaves you feeling that it is possible for life’s horrors to be vanquished when the sisters get down to doing it for themselves.

Daily Star - 6/10
It's already reaped a bushel of awards and Oscar nominations are guaranteed. ... Patton is excellent, Mar­iah Carey can act, and acts well, as a worried social worker. But the honours belong to Sidibe and comedienne Mo'Nique, as one of the most memorable screen villains ever.

The Sun - 3 stars
Unless you are dealing with some huge personal crisis, prepare to have your daily issues put into perspective by the storm of unrelenting misery heaped upon this film's title character. ... Mariah Carey who plays Precious' social worker - a role that was originally given to Helen Mirren - goes a long way in exorcising the demons of Glitter.
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