Precious is an extremely heartbreaking movie. For those of you who haven't (and won't) see it, without giving too much away, it is the story of an illiterate girl (Precious) who lives in a sexually and physically abusive household. There was a lot of language, but it was all about uneducated people living in inner-city Harlem. What else would you expect? I also wanted to strangle Mo'Nique's character throughout the entire movie. (Don't even get me started on her.) Her performance was brilliant, though, and she definitely deserved her Oscar. Essentially, the movie was a huge reminder to me about how well off I actually am. It kills me to think that some people actually have lives like Precious', and it makes me want to run out and do everything I can to help those people. Though it leaves me feeling rather helpless because I'm not in any kind of position to do so. I sat there absolutely infuriated for the majority of the movie, then anger turned to tears for the people living like that. Watching this movie almost makes me feel guilty for everything I have, knowing that there are people out there living such terrible lives. It raises questions such as: Why was I born into the family I was? Why did I end up with such a life of comfort and full of love, when other people suffer so much? You know, stuff like that.
All that being said, I think that whether or not you choose to watch this movie, we all need to take a step back and remember to be thankful for the wonderful lives we have. When you're having a terrible day and thinking that it couldn't possibly get worse, remember that it could, indeed, be worse, and for some people, that is their all-too-horrible reality.