Mind you, I am a complete book snob (no surprise there). As far as I'm concerned, no movie will ever be a better experience than an author's original version. BUT, I gotta give it to twisted ass Lee Daniels, this 'ish right here is damn good.
Forget about the graphic nature of the story's content (extreme poverty, sexual/physical abuse, illiteracy, obesity), the mere visuals ALONE made me wanna simultaneously cry and vomit. Seriously? Harlem has NEVER looked so dirty, Monique so goddamn deranged or an obese teenager's skin so freakin' SWEATY from the mere act of breathing.
Call me crazy but there were moments when I actually felt like I was starting to SMELL the stink of greasy fried chicken and salty pig feet coming off of the screen. *Blank stare*
So while you probably won't leave the theater feeling anything but depressed, disgusted and in my case in desperate need of a shower, DEFINITELY go see this movie as soon as it hits a theater near you.