Movie premieres April 22, 2017 on HBO 8PM
Well, HBO is back at it again and taking a well-loved book and putting it on film. Fresh off Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies mini series success, comes Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
For some reason, like right up until writing this, I thought this was a mini series event, but it’s a standalone movie. It starts one of my favorite actors ever, Courtney B. Vance as well as Rose Byrne & Renée Elise Goldsberry of Hamilton fame along with none other than Ms. Oprah Chai Tea Latte Winfrey.
I’ve been hearing about this book for years and this TV movie got me into gear to read it. Now I can see what all the fuss has been about. Rebecca’s writing style makes a story that centers around loss, medical research and that nasty bitch cancer read like a suspenseful, family drama. She gives a much needed voice to Henrietta & the Lacks family.
Usually I nerd out about book to film adaptations, but I’m taking it easy on this one. I’m honestly just waiting for 8PM (or I may watch it on the East Coast HBO channel) to see how the movies plays out. There’s so much in this story & I’m grateful to learn more about Henrietta.