There are one, maybe two, moments of cheese in this film, but they’re overshadowed by the solid storytelling. Dakota Fanning is great, as are Queen Latifah (yeah, that’s right), Sophie Okonedo, and Alicia Keys.
There’s no need to pretend – The Secret Life of Bees is a feel good movie, but it’s a pleasant surprise. the cinematography, pacing, set design, and story-line create a film you just want to keep watching. Example: I had a strong urge to use the bathroom for the second hour of the film, but I didn’t act on it.
Maybe I’m just happy to see a ’50s/’60s era, race-relations, feel good film that isn’t about sports and is original in its own right (yes, it’s based on a book, but the book must have been pretty decent).
Need to go see a flick with the fam over the holidays? This might be your ticket.