The Secret Life of Bees unlike the meticulous insect this film is named
after is void of coherency and organisation. The book is thoughtful but
the film just seems to block-out this need and produce a turgid, slow
and queer tale.
The story does not structurally hold form and their is no weightiness
to the narrative. The Secret Life of Bees tirelessly regurgitates the
usual devices to promote its themes, which are mostly weak and brittle.
There comes a point in most films where you grasp what the film is
about, and you can follow the story with a sense of purpose. The Life
of Bees just doesn't provide that purpose it glides rather
sub-consciously through a story.
Queen Latifah is the only actress to bring character and a strong
presence to the film. All the characters are one-dimensional, and you
cannot be charmed by such artificiality. The film has a heart but it is
firmly superficial and saccharine. The score is decidedly messy, it
appears to just 'break-in' on the film, and create an abrupt
The Secret Life of Bees struggles and struggles. The whole of the film
fails to provide a firm platform of coherency and is a poor eccentric
sort of fairytale. The film is confused and beats without purpose
leaving an ugly sting in its tail..
Overall great drama!
Personally I felt the performances were outstanding. Alicia Keyes was
wonderful,Queen was the pillar of strength, Hudson proved that her
Oscar wasn't a fluke,but most importantly you are able to watch a cute
and charming little girl actress give a phenomenal mature performance
worthy of Oscar consideration. Dakota Fanning is a delight to watch.I
wanted the story to end in a more positive manner.I believe that the
end of the movie should have been when all the women are united on the
steps with Lily,after her father leaves her behind.It is a very unique
story and I believe many will be moved by these incredible talented
women,whether black or white. It does have a few slow moments,but the
film is intriguing in a way that made you desire to see more.Absolutely
some of the most beautiful cinematic shots. Overall a great drama!.