Post Number: 801
|Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2009 - 10:06 am: |
Carey: Push, the book, is pretty close to the movie description, except its more horrific! In the book, Precious has AIDS, which she contracted from her father. The father who is a stone freak, had been abusing her for years while the mother allowed it believing that that was the only way she could get some from the daddy herself. Turns out that the daddy had been married the whole time with his other family with no intention of leaving them. I want to say that he dabbled on the other side of the fence which is how he got AIDS, but I can't positively remember. The mother is pure evil! The COW! She lays on the couch eating, getting bigger and bigger, abuses Precious. When Precious begins to get her life together, the mama tries to block her, but Precious has to go in order to make a life for her and her baby/sibling. The scene from Chinatown with Faye Dunaway going "she's my daughter, my sister, my daughter, my sister", should help you connect the dots. Whereas in most case a movie can do more to bring the visuals of a story to life, in this case the book has one definite advantage over the movie. The book screams of similarities between it and The Color Purple. Both books has the narrative style of using letters to tell the story. In Push's case, the letters or journal entries, are used as one way of showing Precious's maturity, self assurance and educational development. To say that the book is emotionally moving is an understatement.
All this to say, if there is any ass showing in the movie, it wont be tantalizing.