Akeelah and the Bee Reviews
This is something different in topic but still uses a plot and story-structure that is very familiar, but otherwise it's still a worthy film to see.
Another "Rags to Riches" theme but with a very interesting topic which had my eyes glued because my interest was very stimulated,
"Akeelah and the Bee" is a great movie that squeezed hope out of me and made my experience a real journey. A decent choice for all.
As a straight-up competition movie, Akeelah and the Bee would have been dull as dirt, but it has enough unique elements to protect it from being completely generic. There's an interesting cultural emphasis, putting African-American children in a positive light (something you rarely see in Hollywood, sadly) and reinforcing the values of family and togetherness.
It's not an instant classic, but it's a feel-good movie to be seen at least once.
[font=Century Gothic]...but that is only a temporary solutation for a problem that has long been festering.(It would be similar to a sports team's championship's fleeting effect on a city at large.) And that is the least of the problems of this very disappointing film. It is also shamelessly manipulative, predictable, cartoonish and even manages to waste the very fine talents of Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]The movie does have some good thoughts about broadening horizons but that should be included in any public education.(And, yes, 11-14 year olds being able to spell words that are only found in scientific journals is freakish.) Otherwise, there is nothing new here, whereas "Spellbound" was about the American dream and "Bee Season" was about the search for answers.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]But, at least, "Akeelah and the Bee" does prove that you can navigate Los Angeles by bus.[/font]
In this PG-rated family drama, a young inner city girl (Palmer) finds her forte in entering spelling championships--all under the tutelage of a linguistics professor (Fishburne).
What sets message movies apart as average and above average is always a wholly unique seminal scene that surprises and yet drives home the meaning of the movie without being preachy. Akeelah's moment comes at the end, spelling out with many voices a message that made this born-again pessimist take notice.
Bottom line: Bee delighted.