Jays Rating:

If you’re a history buff and an Oprah Winfrey fan, you may want to see Beloved. This post Civil War drama features a slave named Sethe, portrayed by Oprah Winfrey, who lives with her daughter Denver in a small frame house. An old friend from Sethe’s youth named Paul D., played by Danny Glover, arrives for a visit one hot summer day and moves in when the sun goes down. The next day, Sethe and Denver find a teenage girl passed-out against an old vermin infested tree adjacent to the front porch. They wake her, take her in, clean her up and begin to believe she is the spirit of Sethe’s deceased daughter. When they ask her name, she replies, “B-e-l-o-v-e-d, Beloved.” She also walks and talks like an infant. Thank goodness I couldn’t see such a ridiculous performance; hearing it was bad enough. Beloved is jealous of Paul D. and Denver, and wants to keep Sethe to herself. Sethe’s background is slowly revealed and we learn why she thinks Beloved is her d eceased daughter. (In fact, there were so many time changes, I thought I was in a Star Trek time warp.) Beloved becomes a mental drain on Sethe and one afternoon, the churchwomen came over to the house and began singing old religious spirituals. Right in the middle of the serenade, Beloved disappears into thin air. This was about 3 hours into the movie and I wanted to disappear as well. I liked the film’s portrayal of slavery, but I didn’t think it mixed well with the spirit world. I also feel that the acting could have been better. In fact, the term “over-acting” comes to mind. I give this movie a C rating and I advise Oprah to stick to talk shows.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.