Showing on October 17th is the much-awaited movie, The Secret Life of Bees, from the NY Times best selling novel of Sue Monk Kidd. It stars no less than the talented Dakota Fanning, Academy-award nominees Queen Latifah and Sophie Okonedo, Academy-award winner Jennifer Hudson, and Alicia Keys.
Set in South Carolina in 1964, it is a tale of 14-year old Lily Owens (Fanning) who is haunted by the memory of her late mother (Burton). Lily flees with her caregiver, Rosaleen (Hudson), to escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father (Bettany). She is taken in by the Boatwright sisters (Latifah, Okonedo, and Keys) and discovers their enchanting world of beekeeping. Lily discovers a whole new world with the sisters and finds a home she has been longing for since her mother’s death. But a white girl living with a black household brings complications the sisters have feared from the start.
The powerhouse cast has made the movie one of the most anticipated dramas this year. Nothing this good has come in a long time. I look forward to watching the movie, if only to be mesmerized by the acting prowess of Fanning and the entire cast. Those who have seen the movie in the Toronto Film Festival have given raves to Alicia Keys who proved she can do more than belt out her top-selling records. The movie is produced by Will Smith while executive producer is Jada Pinkett Smith.
Here is the trailer of the movie to give you an idea just what I am ranting about.