Lite’s Review Room: Movie Weekend – ‘Pariah’ & ‘The Devil Inside’
The New Year is upon us and with it comes some new movies! This week our Queen of the Silver Screen saw a movie she thinks you must see.
Julie Fisk is a member of the DFW Film Critics Association and our Queen of the Silver Screen. She headed out to see ‘Pariah’ this week.
“Pariah” stars Adepero Oduye as Alike, a young, African American girl who is coming to grips with her homosexuality. It began as a movie short in 2007, and it won so many awards that the Sundance Institute decided to help Writer/Director Dee Rees turn it into a feature length film.
The result is STUNNING. Alike is 17 & living with her middle-class family in Brooklyn. She wants to fall in love, she wants to be open about her sexuality, but more than anything, she wants all of this to be accepted by her not-very-accepting family.
Her mother, played by an explosive Kim Wayans, is particularly unwilling to accept that her eldest daughter might not fit the mold she has imagined for her. While Pariah is packed with great acting, I need to give special props to Adepero Oduye. This is her very first feature length film, and yet she plays Alike with such subtle authenticity; you feel for her from the start. I’m also so excited about this director Dee Rees. Her writing is lyrical and her vision is just gorgeous. I can’t wait to see what she brings us in the future.
I’m giving “Pariah” and A, and I’m thrilled to start of 2012 with such a wonderful movie. I hope it’s a sign of things to come this year. And one more thing. People keep comparing “Pariah” to “Precious,” and I feel that’s inaccurate. While “Pariah” contains some difficult scenes, it won’t make you squirm out of your seat like “Precious” did, so don’t let that keep you from seeing this film.