Worth Watching - Aug 19: The Secret Life of Bees Trailer
The trailer for the upcoming film The Secret Life of Bees has arrived and it's rather riveting. I'll be doing my best to catch this up at the Toronto Film Festival next month. Set in South Carolina in 1964, the film is the moving tale of a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. She flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only friend, to a small town where she meets the Boatwright sisters and finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping, honey and the Black Madonna. It stars Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, and Alicia Keys. While this does look like a very fine film and I am interested in seeing it, I'm a bit concerned that it won't be anything unique, just another drama.
Watch the trailer for The Secret Life of Bees:
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The Secret Life of Bees is both written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, of Love & Basketball previously. The film is adapted from the book of the same name written by Sue Monk Kidd. The film will first premiere at the Toronto Film Festival this September. Fox Searchlight is debuting The Secret Life of Bees in limited theaters starting on October 17th. The poster is featured below.
Reader Feedback - 15 Comments
wow Dakota sure grew up, i hope she will have a great career ahead, her acting is simply amazing.
Phizik on Aug 19, 2008
This is one of my favorite books, and I was worried when I first heard about this movie. Now that I've seen the trailer, the power of the wonderful actors involved has set my worries to rest. I look forward to hearing how it is!
Kelley on Aug 19, 2008
Hmm I really enjoyed the book but for me I think the trailer is lacking something but I'm not sure what. I am happy that it looks like they stayed true to the book. I'll still see it but I'm always hesitant about book adaptations. I don't want to get my hopes up.
janet on Aug 19, 2008
Wow! Looks VERY good and the actresses that don't have academy award nominee or winner above their names here look as if they might get one. I think this might be the surprise film, with it's award season release date. The cast is very diverse so I think it can also have some box office success too.
Ryan on Aug 19, 2008
Dakota really is top notch and is pretty much the only thing selling this movie right now. I don't get the whole Queen Latifa thing. She was absolutely the worst part of Stranger than Fiction and I have never enjoyed her in anything I have seen. I haven't seen Jennifer Hudson act yet, so I will withhold judgment there.
Nathan on Aug 19, 2008
Ack!! I loved this book, and I despise Dakota Fanning. If she were my child, I would have let the aliens from WotW take her.
Melissa on Aug 19, 2008
sometimes alex you make stupid comments. And this is one of them; "I'm a bit concerned that it won't be anything unique, just another drama."
scar on Aug 19, 2008
at #7 why is that a stupid comment? And yeah this is my girlfriend's favorite book of all time so im sure I will be dragged to this....
CSpuppydog on Aug 19, 2008
I have never heard anyone say they "despised" Dakota Fanning. I don't think I have heard anyone ever say that had anything less the highest regard for her. Oh well, something new every day!
kitano0 on Aug 19, 2008
One of my friends really hates Dakota Fanning. He wouldn't shut up the entire time we were all watching War of the Worlds. I think she's a really good actress, but IDK how she will be as an adult actress.
Alfredo on Aug 19, 2008
I read The Secret Life of Bees in my Sociology class. At first I grimaced at its title and thought it to be a child's book. I read that book twice through in the first forty-eight hours I picked it up. It has become one of my most treasured novels and I pray this movie will do Sue Monk Kidd the justice her novel rightfully deserves. My biggest fears are in the ability of the actors chosen for the roles. I think choosing Alicia Keys may have been a huge mistake and Jennifer Hudson does not what-so-ever fit the bill of Rosaleen. Dakota Fanning seems right as does Queen Latifah so I am happy there. Here's hoping that the actors are able to utilize the treasure of a book that has been given to them!
David on Aug 19, 2008
i have loved seeing dakota fanning work as a child artist she was absolutely smashing in I am Sam. this movie and the one featured earlier firefiles in the backyard just show that she has staying potential... i wonder why anyone would despise a kid... i am its beyond understandable to me... i loved queen latifa in hairspray.. jennifer was brilliant in dreamgirls... alica is just brilliant at everything... i think this might be a charming little movie... maybe not for everyone to see and enjoy but a brilliant movie nonetheless...
Viral on Aug 19, 2008
I absolutely loved this book the first and second time i read it. The trailer just leaves me wanting more. For everyone who read this book you can see that Dakota is perfect for Lily, she is exactly what you would imagine. I dont know who wouldnt like someone positive like Queen Latifah but when i read the book again i heard her voice as August. But Jennifer Hudson I dont know if she fits Rosaleen, she was much bigger in the book that they spoke about it often but i just cant wait to see it.
Daphne on Aug 19, 2008
This movie looks great! I hope it does well in the theater too. It's great to see a movie with all these talented women of color. I can't wait to see it.
Jacinta on Aug 21, 2008
at #6 that was so funny I actually spit my coffee out. I wasn't expecting that since all the previous comments were so positive. But you have to admit, she does look like she is finally coming out of that awkward phase. On another note, I think I'll check it out during its third week of release.
ewilson131 on Oct 17, 2008
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