Akeelah and the Bee (Flack’s Review)

Posted on | May 31, 2011 | 2 Comments

akeelah_and_the_beeAkeelah and the Bee is about a girl named Akeelah who loves to spell.  After winning her school spelling bee she meets a spelling coach named Dr. Larabee who helps her.  Although she doesn’t always have a very happy life, she is extremely determined.  She is coached by everyone; from Dr. Larabee to her mom, to her teacher, and even her whole neighborhood on her quest to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

This is an interesting and inspiring movie with a great cast, amazing story, funny moments, and a terrific finale.  Keke Palmer is great as Akeelah and Laurence Fishburne is equally excellent as Dr. Larabee.  The story is heartwarming, entertaining, and fun.  There is a scene where Akeelah is doing a spelling bee but gets pulled out by her mom.  If she does not come back by her next turn she will be disqualified.  It is her turn next but first her friend must go.  Her friend gets an easy word but because he doesn’t want Akeelah to get disqualified he asks for the word’s definition, the word to be used in a sentence 10 times, and for someone to sing it in a song.  It’s a hilarious moment and the funniest scene in the film! Also the camerawork is cool when Dr. Larabee first meets Akeelah and she is spelling words very fast.

springmovies_akeelahandthebee_hmedhMy favorite scene is when Akeelah is at the Scripps National Spelling Bee because it’s thrilling, suspenseful, joyful, and heartwarming.

My favorite character is Akeelah because  she is determined and Keke Palmer does a good job. I also like Dr. Larabee because Laurence Fishburne is excellent especially in the scenes with Akeelah and when Dr. Larabee talks to Akeelah’s  mom. Laurence Fishburne had a similar role as a coach (but for chess not spelling) in the film, Searching for Bobby Fisher.

It is rated PG for language and I agree, but young kids should definitely see it.  It’s a truly inspiring film especially when Akeelah talks to Dr. Larabee,  pretends to jump rope on stage as she spells a word, gets help from her whole neighborhood and of course whenever she starts tapping her hands while spelling.


2 Responses to “Akeelah and the Bee (Flack’s Review)”

  1. GG
    June 1st, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    Dylan your reviews are becoming more and more thoughtful. I love the fact that you compare Laurence Fishburne’s role to his role in Searching for Bobby Fisher. Akeelah is one of my favorite movies for young and old.

  2. Andrea Itkin
    June 16th, 2011 @ 6:25 am

    Hi Flack,
    I haven’t been on your website for awhile. This review really brought back the film for me. I adored it! I loved how Akeelah gets help from her whole community, and that scene you mentioned in which her friend makes sure she doesn’t miss her turn is so funny and sweet. I’ll check back soon for summer movie ideas.

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