Based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Sue Monk Kidd, ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ follows young Lilly Owens (the fabulous Dakota Fanning) as she runs away with her nanny/friend Rosalene (Oscar winner: Jennifer Hudson). Lily is trying to escape her abusive father and her troubled past. They stumble upon a family of bee keepers, August, May and June (Queen Latifah, Alicia Keyes and Sophie Okonedo) They take them in and teach them the ways of bee keeping, and also teach them lessons in life and love.
“Bees” in terms of a novel made into a film is one of the best in my opinion. Alot of people had a problem with Dakota Fanning playing Lily Owens when it was first annoced, however she’s darkened her hair and grown up a little bit, she’s exactly how I pictured Lily years ago when I read the novel. Fanning is great as always, as are the supporting cast, including Paul Bettney as T. Ray Owens, Lily’s father.
This film tries hard not to come off has just another “chick flick”, it’s a tear jerker, definetly. But it’s also so much more than that. It’s honest, close to the book, and the acting is fantastic. The actors really dig deep into the emotions of their characters, and the cinematography is beautiful.
Recommened: Yes, and not just for females.
Memorable Quote: “Nobody is unloveable” - August Boatwright (Queen Latifah)