This was a cute film chronicling eight young contestants attempt to win the 1999 national spelling bee. I really wanted to see this because last year South Bend’s own David Tidmarsh was the National Spelling Bee winner. The Howard Branch Book Bunch had also discussed Myla Goldberg’s novel Bee Season last year, and I wanted to see another perspective of the National Bee. The Film was very compelling. I was sucked in to the competition right away, and it was interesting to see the varied backgrounds of the kids competing. I defiantly had my favorites, and was routing for them throughout the film. I wish that the film had given a little bit more time to the downside of these bees, overbearing parents, home schooled children who are taught to spell, bit little else, etc. I was also hoping to see more behind the scenes stuff, such as the comforters, and the comfort room that is discussed in Goldberg’s novel. That being said, this film was really about the kids. It didn’t take itself too seriously and was a joy to watch.
Myla Goldberg’s Bee Season is apperently being made into a film starring Richard Gere and Juliette Binouche.
So if you haven’t seen it yet, go check out Spellbound from your library. If they don’t own it, recommend that they purchase it.