#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson’s life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. She’s smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by her school’s principal, Akeelah participates in a spelling bee to avoid detention for her many absences. Much to her surprise and embarrassment, she wins. Her principal asks her to seek coaching from an English professor named Dr. Larabee for the more prestigious regional bee. As the possibility of making it all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee looms, Akeelah could provide her community with someone to rally around and be proud of — but only if she can overcome her insecurities and her distracting home life. She also must get past Dr. Larabee’s demons, and a field of more experienced and privileged fellow spellers.
Plot: Akeelah is a precocious 11-year-old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Despite her mother’s objections, Akeelah enters various spelling contests, for which she is tutored by the forthright Dr. Larabee, her principal Mr. Welch, and the proud residents of her neighborhood. Akeelah’s aptitude earns her an opportunity to compete for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
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A great, inspirational, feel-good movie
The commercial made me smile. It made me think ‘That looks like a good kids movie’, but at the same time it made me think ‘It kind of looks stupid…’ Boy, I was wrong. Akeelah and the Bee is an inspirational movie, and is definitely great for those who share an interest in spelling bees.
I went to the movies with my friends for her birthday, expecting little about the bee at all and more about a love relationship between Akeelah and her newfound friend, Javier. Surprisingly enough, very little of the content was anything to do with romance, and thank goodness.
The acting, oh my goodness. It was wonderful. Especially Keke Palmer’s performance. Her face told the story, really. Facial acting was wonderful, no doubt. Keke’s performance perfectly matches up to her being as good as young Dakota Fanning, without her having to bawl out crying in any scenes. And the rest of the cast was great, too. The ending is very sweet, but I certainly won’t spoil it for anyone.
Overall, a very inspirational movie. 10/10
The world of competitive spelling bees has always been a hard subject to dramatize. It is undoubtedly a fascinating subject to behold, one which requires large amounts of both intelligence and strategy. But the fact of the matter is that audiences aren’t drawn to them. Most would rather venture out to see an inspirational football drama rather than watch children spell for two hours. This is why the subject has been so rarely covered in film. Two recent examples, the documentary Spellbound and the drama Bee Season, have tried to connect with the average viewer – both receiving mediocre box office returns. Hopefully this trend will cease with the release of Akeelah And The Bee, written and directed by newcomer Doug Atchison. This tale of a young girl winning against all odds is one of the year’s biggest gems – a heartfelt and moving film about the champion in us all.
The story follows young Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer), a shy 11-year old seventh grader who people think of as undeniably average. Her mother Tanya (Angela Bassett) barely notices she is there, her classmates dislike her and her teachers find her incredibly unambitious. She is only able to find solace with her caring older brother Devon (Lee Thompson Young) and best friend Georgia (Sahara Garey). But everything changes one fateful day when Akeelah unexpectedly wins her school’s spelling bee. Located in a rough neighborhood in South Los Angeles, her principal (Curtis Armstrong) sees this as an opportunity for some positive publicity for the struggling school. Because of this, he enlists the help of famed teacher Dr. Joshua Larabee (Laurence Fishburne) to help Akeelah with her studies.
At first Akeelah is stubborn, lacking the motivation to work hard enough to move to the next level. But as the months pass, her bond with Larabee grows along with her ambition. As she moves through the regionals and then the state bee – she soon finds herself heading to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national spelling bee. With her entire neighborhood behind her, Akeelah must decide if she has what it takes to win.
This film has received much advanced publicity for some of its credentials. It is the first film to be co-distributed by Starbucks Entertainment, a new division of the famed coffeehouse. It is also well-known because Atchison received the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship to put this film in production. This award, given by the AMPAS, is presented to new screenwriters who display much promise. Upon seeing the film, it is evident why Atchison received this award. Akeelah And The Bee greatly benefits from the excellent script, which takes careful time to develop the characters – allowing you to become very attached to them by the end of the film. It also shows the true intensity of the actual competition, including a nail-biting final act as intense as any sports film. Atchison also succeeds in terms of direction, using many interesting shots throughout the running time. The film moves at a fast pace but never feels rushed – keeping the audience completely engrossed in the story.
The cast on display here is made up of talented veterans and promising new talent. Laurence Fishburne is great as Larabee, delivering one of his finest performances to date. His character has many layers to his persona, first appearing aloof and haughty but later revealing himself as a caring and sympathetic man with a dark past. Fishburne dives into this role and makes the character completely believable. Angela Bassett is also strong here as Tanya, and tackles each scene with charisma and strength. But the real heart and soul of the picture, and the reason that it is such a success, is Keke Palmer’s breakout performance. The multi-layered performance is sure to be one of the year’s best – and it is easily the strongest performance by a child actor since Haley Joel Osment’s famed turn in The Sixth Sense. She fills the role with lots of energy, but also displays strong dramatic chops and excels in her dramatic scenes – creating a lovable and completely adorable character. Anyone who doesn’t fall in love with Palmer as Akeelah must have a heart of stone.
Overall, this is easily the best family film of the year so far and one of the strongest inspirational tales in years. While it may have some unavoidable clichés, Akeelah And The Bee succeeds due to a strong script and excellent performances, especially from standout Keke Palmer. There’s only one word that comes to mind when summing up this film as a whole: G-r-e-a-t! 8/10 (A-)
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 52 min (112 min) (USA), 1 hr 52 min (112 min) (Argentina)
Genre Drama, Family
Director Doug Atchison
Writer Doug Atchison
Actors Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Curtis Armstrong
Awards 11 wins & 15 nominations.
Production Company 2929 Productions, Cinema Gypsy Productions, Lionsgate Films, Out of the Blue… Entertainment, Spelling Bee Productions Inc.
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Gold II, Panavision Primo and C-Series Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Millennium, Panavision Primo, C-Series and Slant Focus Lenses, Sony CineAlta HDW-F900 (one scene)
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 250D 5205, Vision2 100T 5212, Vision2 500T 5218, Vision2 Expression 500T 5229), Video (HD)
Cinematographic Process HDCAM (1080p/24) (one scene), Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Fuji Eterna-CP 3513DI)