The streets of Los Angeles and its inhabitants taunt a young African American girl who is being prevented from achieving her goal. The path to her dream is clear, but it is up to her in deciding whether to take it or not.
Akeelah and the Bee, a film directed and written by Doug Atchison, tells the story of 11-year-old African American spelling prodigy Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer, True Jackson VP) who grows as she embarks on a journey to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Although Atchison’s movie was successful in depicting different aspects of Akeelah’s life, it used many clichés.
With her words and actions, Palmer expresses her emotions towards her problems but at the same time, leaves watchers wondering whether she is weak or strong. In one spelling bee, she is overly nervous while in the next, she is confident. Then in the next bee, she is once again anxious. This cycle keeps the audience confused about the character’s true personality.
The script and dialogue overuse cliché messages that echo other typical family movies. The ideas of never giving up and facing your fears are repeatedly shown throughout the film.
The dialogue between characters rushes the scenes, sweeping through different attitudes and problems through just one scene. In the beginning of one scene, Akeelah has no supporters but by the end, she has many, leaving watchers wondering what happened in such a short amount of time.
The overly dramatic scenes, made to be serious, leave viewers scorning its awkwardness. The slow motion scenes along with the music, overemphasizes the spelling bee, leaving viewers doubting its authenticity.
Although the supporting characters do a good job in showing Akeelah’s development, their feelings waver too quickly. What was once a mean, unbending character changes to an overly supportive one with a single event.
Looking for a movie to watch with friends or family? Akeelah and the Bee would not be a good choice, since it doesn’t relate to...