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Went to see the Bees movie tonite.  As this is one of my favorite books of all time, I was somewhat skeptical that it could live up to the book and figured that the casting of Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah would be too much star power and detract from the story.  I had no concerns about Dakota Fanning filling the part of Lily – I knew that was a perfect fit the first time I heard she had the role. I was impressed with the job Paul Betany did playing Lily’s father – nailed it.  I thought all the sisters were good, particularly May and thought Jennifer Hudson played her part very well.  The setting was much as I had imagined it, although I don’t recall that the house was a two-story, but perhaps so.

If you haven’t listened to or read the book yet, do yourself a favor and get a copy of the audiobook narrated by Jenna Lamia – she puts the perfect voice to Lily.

All in all, I give it up two thumbs up – great acting, great production.

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Oct 17th – mark it on your calendars. The movie opens in theaters with a great cast.

Dakota Fanning (Lily)
Queen Latifah (August)
Jennifer Hudson (Rosaleen)
Alicia Keys (June)
Sophie Okonedo (May)
Paul Bettany (T. Ray)
Tristan Wilds (Zach)

I think Dakota Fanning is an excellent choice for the lead. A great little actress and most likely will do Lily proud. If you still haven’t read the book, do yourself a favor and listen to Jennia Lamia read the audio version of The Secret Life of Bees. You can download a copy at Audible (and enjoy a great trial offer, if you’re not a member). This remains my favorite audiobook of all time and I’ve listened to many (Jim Dale as a narrator of the Harry Potter books is, of course, incredible). Jenna makes this story come alive in a way that just reading it can not.

I recently received a newsletter from Sue Monk Kidd and she detailed her visit to the movie set and how impressed she was with the job they were doing.

Filming moves across the street to shoot Scene 36– Lily and Rosaleen arriving at the Pink House. The light is falling, along with the temperature and everyone is in a rush. As the scene is set up, I talk with thirteen-year-old Dakota Fanning, who tells me her grandmother introduced her to The Secret Life of Bees before she knew she would play Lily. The crew has been telling me that she is brilliant. One of the camera guys showed me the video of her kneeling on grits, and I found her mesmerizing. After it was filmed, the set medic had to ice Dakota’s knees.

So mark that date in your calendars and get the popcorn ready. 🙂

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