Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
Akeelah and the Bee (2006) from Lionsgate
Rated PG. Drama, African American Actors, Family Film
My rating: ★★★1/2
Description (from the film case): Akeelah Anderson’s love for words leads her to enter a number of spelling contests. Tutored by many and opposed by some, Akeelah unwittingly unites a neighborhood in her daring quest to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
My thoughts: This movie is everything it means to be.
Granted, a good amount of the acting looks like acting. The level of corn is of little surprise, and the few instances of language got a brief eye-roll or two from me—for their corny deliveries if for nothing else.
But the story gets its inspirational job done. Friendship, family, community, hard work and determination, integrity in competition, hope, healing, second chances, and believing in oneself. All that.
An ultra feel-good underdog story that’s worth the watch.