Black History Month Movie: Akeelah and the Bee

Friday, February 5, 2021

Movie Of The Day: 

Director: Doug Atchison 
Writer: Doug Atchison 
Release: April 28, 2006 
 Angela Bassett
Laurence Fishburne
Keke Palmer   
A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee.--IMDb
I really love this movie and I knew I wanted to feature it this month. I love a good underdog type of story and one that includes spelling is even better. I have always wanted to be so good at spelling words that I could participate in spelling bees but I never got there. 

There is so much I love about this movie. The growth in Akeelah is especially amazing to see throughout the movie. She's an excellent student but struggles to believe in herself. Her home life isn't the best and she isn't always sure of how to handle what's going on. She's been dealing with the death of her father and I love that their mutual love for words leads Akeelah to spelling bees. Aside from that, I love that eventually her entire family and community come together to help her get there. 

I do have some criticism of the show, especially considering how certain characters were written and portrayed. Dylan's dad, for example, was problematic and I wanted more from Javier as well. Overall, it's a great movie and definitely worth watching if you haven't before. 

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