Akeelah and the Bee

Director: Doug Atchison 
Released Year: 2006
Genre: Drama
Casting Stars:
  Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Basset 

Wow. Wow. “Akeelah and the Bee” is a quality hit and one of the best movies ever done by Doug Atchison. This is such an overwhelming, inspiring movie. The word “bee “would give an idea of the spelling bee. Nevertheless, it’s not just a spelling competition. In my view, the movie itself is a lesson, the first 10 words as I jotted down whilst watching are,

  1. Bruuneous (Dark brown)
  2. Sabbatical (Break from work)
  3. Sacciform (Shaped like a bag/sack)
  4. Longicollis (Having a long neck)
  5. Ginglymus (Hinge joint)
  6. Empennage (Tail assembly of an aircraft)
  7. Slouching (Action of standing, sitting lazily)
  8. Intussusception (Bowel obstruction)
  9. Dictatorial (Ruler/ Total power)
  10. Supercilious (Behaving like a superior)

Frankly, I never knew these words. This proved the gravity of the subject of English and that there’s a lot more to learn than basic grammar. Moreover, the characters in the play used some fresh vocabulary in their daily simple sentences, augmenting English coherence while teaching the movie watchers how such words are used, when and if.  The movie also had intense situations which made me cry. Very emotional! The friendship and importance of a supporting family also played a significant role to reach Akeelah’s victory.

Lastly, it did teach me the value of having a teacher who will get you covered under any circumstances. I believe Akeelah had a deep affiliation with Dr. Larabee and so did he. Their hard work eventually bored fruits. Moreover, the word ‘PULCHRITUDE’ was the cracker of the movie as I would say. The movie gave awareness on building self-confidence and overcoming negativity within one’s self. I’m reluctant to skip the monologue of this great creation, “You know that feeling where everything feels right, where you don’t have to worry about tomorrow or yesterday. Where you feel safe and you know you are doing the best you can, There’s a word for that feeling, it’s called love. L-O-V-E. And it’s what I feel for all my family and all my coaches. In my neighborhood, where I come from: where I learned how to spell.”  Well said Akeelah.

I would highly recommend this masterpiece to anyone who would like to explore the fantasies of the English language plus to anyone who yearns for inspiration to build a psyche.

Reviewed by: Ms. Minali Madawela, Librarian, ELSL

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