Monday, November 3, 2008
FRIDAY MATINEE ON MONDAY...
I went to see The Secret Life of Bees! I have to say I enjoyed it a lot.
Lily Owens has been troubled since she was four, when she shot her mother to death during a heated argument between her parents. As she grew older, her father refused to talk to her about it and was very abusive. When Lily's nanny, Rosaleen gets beaten to a pulp for trying to register to vote, Lilly gets into a heated argument with her father, and talks Rosaleen into running away to a town that has a link to her mother's past.
They end up at the home of the eccentric Boatwright sisters who run a thriving business bottling honey. They are welcomed with open arms, and find themselves in an environment unlike the one they were used to.
This is a tale of optimism and female empowerment during the Civil Rights Movement. Several themes are explored......from racism, to religion, loneliness, love the loss of ignorance. There is quite a bit of spiritual symbolism that delivers a very effective feminist message.
I give this movie, five stars!