I'm not sure I can recommend this film highly enough.
Yes, there was a lot of information in the film about bees ... purple honey (?) ... but mainly the film was about Civil Rights, particularly as events were occurring in 1964, the date/era in which the movie (and yes, it was book-based, Whale) was set.
Much more to the point, however, in my opinion the movie's true focus was on family ... love, people caring about/loving one another, what's really important, priorities ... ... ...
Queen Latifah gives a truly great (imo) performance, and Dakota (somebody or another -- my DGD can tell you her name, they're the same age!) a very close second.