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Movie Preview: The Secret Life of Bees

It's not every day that the film adaptation of a well-loved book appears to capture the same atmosphere and sentiments that the book does, but in my opinion, the trailer for The Secret Life of Bees looks like it might do just that. I loved the novel by Sue Monk Kidd; it was one of those books that left me feeling sad at the end because I had to part with characters I'd come to care about deeply.

The story follows 14-year-old Lily (Dakota Fanning) whose mother died, leaving Lily with an abusive father. Together with her caregiver Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson), Lily runs away from her father, and the two wind up at a pink house and under the protection of four smart, strong, beekeeping sisters.

The trailer does seem to veer into sappiness a few times, but is just grounded enough to avoid looking like a Lifetime TV movie. Queen Latifah has a solid, maternal way about her in this role, which is refreshing, and it's really great to see Dakota Fanning playing an older character. Alicia Keys has a good presence onscreen, and I may be most excited to see Sophie Okonedo (who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Hotel Rwanda), whom I find absolutely mesmerizing every time I see her in another movie.

The Secret Life of Bees opens October 17. To see what I'm talking about,

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lily8206 lily8206 8 years
I am pleasantly surprised with this trailer for the same reasons as Buzz was. I'm actually looking forward to checking this one out now!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i always like to see what jennifer hudson is up to and this seems like it could be a decent role for her. i wonder how it's going to do - but we'll just have to wait and see right? it's really hard for movies to match the success of the book that it's taken from - but you just never know.
absolutely-fab absolutely-fab 8 years
I love, love, loved the book!! Can't wait for the movie!
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I think this will be one of the fall movies I splurge on.
nessa17 nessa17 8 years
this looks like a good movie. i think i will go watch it
supertramp supertramp 8 years
I'll definitely be seeing this I love Queen Latifah and I'm definitely excited to see Dakota Fanning in a much older role.
nomerz nomerz 8 years
I love the book, it's one of my favorites ... I hope the movie does it justice.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I read the book this summer and it was soo good, but it was also really sad. The trailer for the movie looks promising, I may watch it theaters but I might wait until it's on DVD.
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