Precious Cast, Plot, Review and Much More
With sheer audacity and utter authenticity, director Lee Daniels tackles “Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire” and creates an unforgettable film that sets a new standard for cinema of its kind. Precious Jones (Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe) is a high-school girl with nothing working in her favor. She is pregnant with her father’s child – for the second time. She can’t read or write, and her schoolmates tease her for being fat. Her home life is a horror, ruled by a mother (Mo’Nique) who keeps her imprisoned both emotionally and physically. Precious’s instincts tell her one thing: if she’s ever going to break from the chains of ignorance, she will have to dig deeply into her own resources
Don’t be fooled: “Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire” is not a film that languishes in the silence of depression; rather, it pulses with the kind of energy that can only be produced from wrath and optimism. The entire cast is incredible; they provide a fireball of honest passion. Daniels has wrung distinctive performances from them, riveting you to your chair and leaving you too stunned to breathe. You’d probably miss Precious if you passed her on the street. When her narrative is portrayed, as Daniels does in this brave film, you are left with an unforgettable image of a young woman who finds the courage to turn her life about with creativity, comedy, and tenacity.
- Gabourey Sidibe as Precious (as Gabourey Sidibe)
- Mo Nique as Mary
- Paula Patton as Ms. Rain
Mariah Carey as Mrs. Weiss
Sherri Shepherd as Cornrows
Stephanie Andujar as Rita
Chyna Layne as Rhonda
Amina Robinson as Jermaine
Xosha Roquemore as Joann
Role of Precious Cast
Mo’Nique plays Mary, Precious’ chain-smoking couch-potato mother who treats her child like a domestic servant and ignores years of maltreatment. Ms. Rain, Precious’ teacher, is played by Paula Patton, who sees through the girl’s moody seclusion and vulgarities and wonders what anguish it may be covering. Ms. Weiss is played by Mariah Carey.
On paper, this casting appears almost cynical, as though reminiscent of old Hollywood days when stars were slid into “bit parts” with a smirk. However, the filmmaker, Lee Daniels, did not cast them for their names and does not make use of any of their star attributes. He expects them to take action.
He was able to look behind the surface and believe that they possessed the emotional strength to play these women, and he was correct. Daniels’ career began with the production of “Monster’s Ball,” in which Halle Berry abandoned her gloss and reached such dimensions that she won an Oscar. Daniels must have a sixth sense for talents that are about to bloom.
Carey and Patton have the same screen presence as Sidibe; the film places the girl at the heart of their attempt to retrieve her future. Why would a schoolteacher and a support worker go to such trouble to help? Every day, they must witness horrible abuse victims.
Review of Precious
There are numerous reasons to see a film. There is no one reason that is superior to another. Some individuals regard movies as ready for release, while others see them as ready to be challenged. Others go to the theatre to be inspired or to giggle when their everyday lives are dragging them down. Some people enjoy learning while watching movies, thus they choose documentaries or biopics. Others simply want to experience anything, anything, even if only for a few seconds. There’s a terrific movie out there that can supply you with motivation and inspiration or relaxation and escapism. When you buy a movie ticket, what counts most is not what you get out of it, but that you receive something in return.
The most obnoxious films aren’t always the worst made. The most terrible films aren’t always those with poor acting, screenplay, or set design; they’re pictures that squander your time. Precious is one such time waster. It’s acted well. Mo’nique deserves her Oscar nomination, even though, let’s be frank, it’s partly because she’s not wearing any makeup and much of her performance involves ranting and hurling objects at another actor. Oscar is crazy about it. Still, there’s a sequence near the conclusion of the film where she completely unravels that it’s difficult to see anyone else pulling off as effectively.
The film pays homage to Sidibe’s talent to elicit our empathy. Her work is yet another example of how some actors elicit emotions in ways that go beyond words and tactics. She so fully creates the Precious character that you question if she is similar to her.
You’re nearly taken aback when you meet Sidibe, who is charming, vivacious, and ten years older than her character. She’s nothing like Precious, yet in her first performance, she not only recognizes the role but also knows how to elicit sympathy from the instructor, the social worker, and us. I’m not sure how she accomplishes it, but there you have it.