The Secrete Life of Bees is based on a novel with the same name that I haven’t read yet but after watching this movie I’m putting it on my list. The movie stars a familiar cast, Dakota Fanning, Alicia Keys, Queen Latifa and Jennifer Hudson. Dakota Fanning plays Lily Owens, a 14-year-old girl who accidentally shot her mom when she was four. Lily along with Rosalene (Jennifer Hudson) run away to find out more about Lily’s mother. They come across a house own by three black sisters June(Alicia Keys) May (Sophie Okenedo) and August Boatwright(Queen Latifa). Lilly believes that her mother had spent time in the house. While Lily is there she helps with the family’s bee farming and honey business. I would classify this movie as a coming-of-age drama.
The transition of scenes and situations could have been better and I kept thinking to myself “maybe it’s better in the book”. Rosalene characters was suppose to try to transform herself into a more ‘refined’ and articulate person but not enough of that was shown in the movie and by the end it’s like she did a complete 180 with little transition. I wish there was more of May’s character, I felt there wasn’t enough for her and felt less compassionate about her death. I really liked June because she presented strong feminist values advance for her time. This movie was OK at best for me but it did get me interested in the book hoping in goes deeper in character development then this movie did.