An inspirational drama, Akeelah And The Bee is the story of Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer), a precocious eleven-year-old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Despite the objections of her mother Tanya (Angela Bassett), Akeelah enters various spelling contests, for which she is tutored by the forthright Dr. Larabee (Laurence Fishburne); her principal Mr. Welch (Curtis Armstrong) 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 and in turn unites her neighborhood who witness the courage and inspiration of one amazing little girl.
Encouraging & emotional
- Akeelah and the Bee review by Swambi
This is an excellent film, provided you don't mind crying! The acting is superb, particularly Akeelah battling to overcome the heavily stacked odds against ever succeeding. As the story progresses more and more of her run-down community rally in support, and family and other with relationships are very well developed.
The film also draws on a positive view of personal worth and interesting background on words and spelling. The filming is of a high standard, and involvement is progressively developed, so that even if you have zero interest in spelling bees you feel mounting excitement and tension as the story unfolds. (After seeing this, and possibly thinking some of it is just too good to be true, you may want to see the actual story in the film called "Spellbound".)