The Secret Life of Bees: Film #43 of Film 365

Monday 6th June 2011

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Year: 2008
Stars: Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, Paul Bettany

I was looking for something relaxing and sweet to watch. This seemed to fit the bill, so I thought I'd give it a go. It was exactly what I was expecting it to be - a feel good, vaguely sentimental movie.

The Secret Life of Bees is set in 1960s USA (I'm always a sucker for those cornfields bathed in golden sunshine), and follows Lily Owen (Fanning) as she runs away from her father (Bettany), maid Rosaleen (Hudson) in tow. She finds August Boatwright (Queen Latifah) and her family living in a pink house and making honey, and decides to try living with them.

Ignoring the fact that the likelihood of a black family living in a huge house like this in '60s America is pretty unlikely, this is an easy, relaxing movie to watch. You'll love it if you're 12 - or me, and wishing life was like it is in the movies. Otherwise you'll probably think it's rather too sweet and sickly and want to leave it for the 12-year old girls.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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