Thursday, August 23, 2012
Review: Akeelah and the Bee
Starring: Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer
Length: 112 min.
IMDB Summary: A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee.
The plot may be cliche and the spelling bee may not please everyone, but Akeelah and the Bee is full of charisma, provided by heartwarming performances and hefty themes. Akeelah's accomplishment is portrayed as a schoolgirl's dream fulfilled, which makes for a predictable plot and satisfying ending. There are some funny, upbeat moments and some deeper, darker scenes that add texture to the film. What I enjoyed most was the classic underdog plot--a young black girl from the ghetto winning a prestigious nationwide spelling bee. Although it's not be the most original movie the film industry has ever seen, Akeelah and the Bee is a heartwarming and delightful watch.
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