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jonathan_NP
demme_NN
's_POS
_beloved__???
,_,
based_VBD
on_IN
the_DT
book_NN
toni_NP
morrison_NP
,_,
is_BEZ
a_DT
study_NN
in_IN
skillful_JJ
literary_JJ
adaptation_NN
._.
on_IN
the_DT
one_CD
hand_NN
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
manages_VBZ
to_IN
recreate_VB
key_JJ
moments_NNS
from_IN
the_DT
novel_NN
,_,
evoking_VBG
morrison_NP
's_POS
pragmatic_JJ
narrative_NN
style_NN
without_IN
using_VBG
her_PP$
authorial_JJ
voice_NN
._.
on_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
hand_NN
,_,
beloved_JJ
omits_NNS
the_DT
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
finer_JJR
details_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
book_NN
,_,
favoring_VBG
an_DT
ambiguously_RB
defined_VBN
back_RP
story_NN
upon_IN
which_WDT
to_TO
build_VB
the_DT
story_NN
's_POS
main_JJ
events_NNS
._.
this_DT
choice_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
smartly_RB
made_VBN
one_CD
,_,
for_IN
it_PP
creates_VBZ
an_DT
open_JJ
space_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
the_DT
story_NN
's_POS
wide_JJ
range_NN
of_IN
emotions_NNS
can_MD
gestate_VB
and_CC
grow_VB
._.
indeed_RB
,_,
the_DT
impact_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
so_RB
protracted_JJ
that_CS
much_DT
of_IN
it_PP
cannot_NN
be_BE
felt_VBN
until_CS
long_JJ
after_IN
the_DT
end_NN
credits_NNS
have_HV
rolled_VBN
._.
_beloved__???
takes_VBZ
place_NN
in_IN
the_DT
second_NN
half_NN
of_IN
the_DT
19th_CD
century_NN
,_,
during_IN
the_DT
so-called_JJ
reconstruction_NN
era_NN
after_IN
the_DT
civil_JJ
war_NN
._.
for_IN
newly-freed_RB
slaves_NNS
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
time_NN
of_IN
confusion_NN
and_CC
turmoil_NN
._.
oprah_NP
winfrey_NP
is_BEZ
sethe_NP
,_,
a_DT
slave_NN
who_WP
escaped_VBD
a_DT
kentucky_NP
plantation_NP
and_CC
took_VBD
her_PP$
children_NNS
to_IN
an_DT
ohio_NP
farmhouse_NN
,_,
where_CS
she_PP
hoped_VBD
the_DT
terror_NN
would_MD
end_VB
._.
what_WDT
she_PP
did_DOD
not_XNOT
know_VB
was_BEDZ
that_CS
it_PP
would_MD
follow_VB
her_PP$
there_RB
,_,
and_CC
remain_VB
with_IN
her_PP$
long_JJ
after_IN
the_DT
physical_JJ
threat_NN
had_HVD
vanished_VBD
._.
_beloved__???
ultimately_RB
tells_VBZ
the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
sethe_NP
's_POS
search_NN
for_IN
forgiveness_NN
,_,
one_CD
long-hampered_JJ
by_IN
an_DT
unforgettable_JJ
sin_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
starts_VBZ
off_IN
on_IN
a_DT
dreary_JJ
day_NN
ten_CD
years_NNS
after_IN
sethe_NP
's_POS
escape_NN
,_,
as_CS
a_DT
violent_JJ
,_,
unseen_JJ
energy_NN
rocks_NNS
her_PP
dilapidated_VBD
farmhouse_NN
._.
invisible_JJ
hands_NNS
terrorize_VB
her_PP$
family_NN
,_,
flinging_JJ
objects_NNS
across_IN
rooms_NNS
,_,
shaking_VBG
tables_NNS
,_,
rattling_NN
floorboards_NNS
._.
sethe_VB
's_BEZ
sons_NNS
run_NN
away_RB
,_,
perhaps_RB
for_IN
good_JJ
,_,
leaving_VBG
sethe_NP
and_CC
her_PP$
daughter_NN
denver_NP
to_IN
fend_VB
for_IN
themselves_PPX
._.
demme_NN
's_POS
matter-of-fact_JJ
handling_NN
of_IN
this_DT
supernatural_JJ
element_NN
is_BEZ
just_RB
one_CD
of_IN
_beloved__???
's_NNS
intriguing_JJ
aspects_NNS
._.
all_PDT
of_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
take_VB
for_IN
granted_VBN
that_CS
ghosts_NNS
are_BER
real_JJ
._.
when_CS
paul_NP
d_NN
(_(
danny_NP
glover_NN
)_)
--_???
a_DT
former_DT
slave_NN
who_WP
escaped_VBD
kentucky_NP
along_IN
with_IN
sethe_NP
--_???
arrives_VBZ
at_IN
the_DT
house_NN
eight_CD
years_NNS
later_RBR
and_CC
is_BEZ
confronted_VBN
with_IN
the_DT
ghost_NN
's_POS
hellish_JJ
visions_NNS
,_,
he_PP
doesn't_DOZ
run_VB
in_IN
terror_NN
._.
instead_RB
,_,
he_PP
asks_VBZ
who_WP
the_DT
ghost_NN
is_BEZ
._.
as_CS
in_IN
morrison_NP
's_POS
novel_NN
,_,
demme_NN
quickly_RB
establishes_NNS
that_CS
the_DT
horror_NN
of_IN
the_DT
story_NN
will_MD
not_XNOT
come_VB
from_IN
the_DT
fact_NN
of_IN
the_DT
ghost_NN
itself_PPX
,_,
but_CC
from_IN
the_DT
terrifying_JJ
past_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
the_DT
ghost_NN
was_BEDZ
created_VBN
._.
sethe_NP
is_BEZ
the_DT
one_CD
being_NN
haunted_VBN
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
ghost_NN
in_IN
the_DT
house_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
least_RBS
of_IN
her_PP$
fears_NNS
._.
in_IN
fact_NN
,_,
the_DT
ghost_NN
is_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
reasons_NNS
she_PP
chooses_VBZ
to_IN
stay_NN
._.
the_DT
story_NN
takes_VBZ
an_DT
bizarre_JJ
turn_NN
with_IN
the_DT
appearance_NN
of_IN
beloved_JJ
(_(
thandie_NP
newton_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
young_JJ
black-clad_NN
woman_NN
who_WP
appears_VBZ
on_IN
sethe_NP
's_POS
front_NN
lawn_NN
,_,
leaned_VBD
christ-like_JJ
against_IN
a_DT
tree_NN
stump_NN
._.
sethe_NP
and_CC
denver_NP
immediately_RB
take_VB
to_IN
the_DT
rasping_JJ
woman_NN
and_CC
try_VB
to_IN
nurse_NN
her_PP
to_IN
health_NN
._.
they_PP
know_VB
not_XNOT
who_WP
she_PP
is_BEZ
,_,
but_CC
that_CS
doesn't_DOZ
matter_VB
._.
only_RB
paul_NP
d_NN
is_BEZ
suspicious_JJ
of_IN
the_DT
stranger_NN
._.
little_DT
does_DOZ
the_DT
family_NN
know_VB
that_CS
beloved_JJ
will_MD
bring_VB
about_IN
many_DT
changes_NNS
,_,
and_CC
force_NN
sethe_NP
to_IN
release_NN
a_DT
guilt_NN
she_PP
has_HVZ
held_VBN
onto_IN
so_RB
urgently_RB
for_IN
eighteen_CD
years_NNS
._.
winfrey_NP
is_BEZ
arguably_RB
beloved_JJ
's_BEZ
greatest_JJS
asset_NN
._.
she_PP
inhabits_VBZ
the_DT
role_NN
of_IN
sethe_NP
so_RB
convincingly_RB
it_PP
is_BEZ
hard_JJ
to_TO
believe_VB
this_DT
is_BEZ
the_DT
same_DT
woman_NN
who_WP
shines_VBZ
brightly_RB
on_IN
a_DT
tv_NN
talk_NN
show_VB
._.
lisa_NP
gay_NP
hamilton_NP
does_DOZ
an_DT
impressive_JJ
job_NN
in_IN
the_DT
emotionally_RB
demanding_VBG
role_NN
as_IN
the_DT
younger_JJR
sethe_NN
,_,
whose_WP$
appalling_JJ
actions_NNS
make_VB
her_PP$
the_DT
disturbed_JJ
woman_NN
we_PP
see_VB
eighteen_CD
years_NNS
later_RBR
._.
danny_NP
glover_RB
is_BEZ
affable_JJ
as_CS
the_DT
sympathetic_JJ
paul_NP
d_NN
,_,
as_CS
is_BEZ
kimberly_RB
elise_VB
as_CS
denver_NP
,_,
sethe_NP
's_POS
wanderlusting_NN
daughter_NN
._.
as_CS
sethe_NP
's_POS
sage-like_NN
mother-in-law_NN
old_JJ
baby_NN
suggs_NP
,_,
beah_???
richards_NP
authoritatively_CS
commands_NNS
every_DT
scene_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
she_PP
appears_VBZ
._.
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
least_RBS
palatable_JJ
choice_NN
of_IN
casting_NN
is_BEZ
unfortunately_RB
that_DT
of_IN
the_DT
role_NN
of_IN
beloved_JJ
herself_PPX
._.
thandie_NP
newton_NP
plays_VBZ
the_DT
glassy-eyed_JJ
girl_NN
with_IN
a_DT
demented_JJ
fervor_NN
which_WDT
is_BEZ
endearing_JJ
at_IN
first_OD
,_,
but_CC
which_WDT
becomes_VBZ
off-putting_JJ
and_CC
unintentionally_RB
laughable_JJ
by_IN
the_DT
end_NN
._.
departing_VBG
from_IN
the_DT
honed_VBN
aesthetic_JJ
he_PP
used_VBD
in_IN
such_DT
films_NNS
as_IN
_the_NP
silence_NN
of_IN
the_DT
lambs__???
and_CC
_melvin_NP
&_???
howard__???
,_,
director_NN
demme_NN
has_HVZ
used_VBN
a_DT
bit_NN
of_IN
dramatic_JJ
overstatement_NN
to_IN
get_VB
across_IN
the_DT
vivid_JJ
descriptions_NNS
in_IN
morrison_NP
's_POS
novel_NN
._.
totemic_JJ
camera_NN
shots_NNS
and_CC
color-saturated_VBN
scenery_NN
are_BER
decidedly_RB
uncommon_JJ
in_IN
demme_NN
's_POS
films_NNS
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
few_DT
he_PP
uses_VBZ
here_RB
work_NN
to_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
benefit_NN
._.
_beloved__???
's_BEZ
most_DT
memorable_JJ
scenes_NNS
are_BER
those_DT
of_IN
baby_NN
suggs_NP
'_"
gatherings_NNS
in_IN
a_DT
forest_NN
clearing_VBG
,_,
where_CS
the_DT
bright_JJ
yellow-greens_NNS
of_IN
nature_NN
entrance_NN
the_DT
viewer_NN
as_IN
much_DT
as_IN
suggs_NP
'_"
words_NNS
do_DO
._.
for_IN
the_DT
most_DT
part_NN
,_,
though_CS
,_,
demme_NN
maintains_VBZ
his_PP$
trademark_NN
directorial_JJ
neutrality_NN
._.
this_DT
,_,
combined_VBN
with_IN
morrison_NP
's_POS
equally_RB
frugal_JJ
method_NN
of_IN
storytelling_NN
,_,
may_MD
make_VB
_beloved__???
somewhat_RB
of_IN
a_DT
challenge_NN
to_IN
watch_NN
,_,
even_RB
to_IN
those_DT
familiar_JJ
with_IN
the_DT
book_NN
._.
though_CS
the_DT
film_NN
compliments_NNS
the_DT
book_NN
extraordinarily_RB
well_RB
,_,
it_PP
falls_VBZ
short_JJ
in_IN
allowing_VBG
the_DT
sort_NN
of_IN
accessibility_NN
one_CD
usually_RB
expects_VBZ
from_IN
a_DT
film_NN
._.
nothing_PN
is_BEZ
spoon-fed_VBN
to_IN
the_DT
viewer_NN
._.
morrison_NP
's_POS
novel_NN
is_BEZ
just_RB
as_IN
enigmatic_JJ
,_,
but_CC
unlike_IN
a_DT
movie_NN
,_,
a_DT
book_NN
can_MD
be_BE
put_VBN
down_RP
to_IN
allow_VB
the_DT
various_JJ
undercurrents_NNS
and_CC
themes_NNS
to_IN
churn_VB
and_CC
absorb_VB
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
begins_VBZ
like_IN
_poltergeist__???
,_,
and_CC
ends_NNS
like_IN
_the_NP
color_NN
purple__???
,_,
with_IN
shades_NNS
of_IN
_the_NP
scarlet_JJ
letter__???
and_CC
_little_JJ
women__???
somewhere_RB
in_IN
the_DT
middle_NN
._.
taken_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
whole_JJ
,_,
beloved_JJ
is_BEZ
a_DT
disquieting_JJ
,_,
one-of-a-kind_IN
experience_NN
,_,
one_CD
to_IN
be_BE
viewed_VBD
with_IN
guards_NNS
down_IN
and_CC
spirits_NNS
in_IN
abeyance_NN
._.