From the first scene to the last scene of the movie i sat entranced and interested and willing to watch the movie to see what would happen next. The story is about an 11 year old girl from a run down school in Los Angeles who has a talent for spelling words and her journey to get to the National Spelling Bee contest.
At first no one believes in her, as she doesn't really believe in herself. And slowly you begin to see her confidence grow and her journey to the National Spelling Bee soon brings her whole community together. The movie is funny, inspiring, uplifting and will leave a warm glow in your heart. The actress Keke Palmer is extremely talented and you will feel her fears and excitement as she feels it.
The entire cast is extremely likeable. From Akeelah's family to her spelling mates, to her coach you will like them all. Angela Bassett and Lawrence Fishbourne who were in "What's Love Got to Do With it" do an excellent job.
The story is well written and hooks you in from start to finish. I highly recommend this movie. You could watch it with your kids or your adult friends, the message is universal.
If you only watch one movie this year, watch this one. You will be glad you did.
i don't usually cry and i almost cried.