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6/10: Respect One of the biggest...
Thursday, September 23, 2021

Respect One of the biggest divas and the "Queen of Soul" was always going to get a biopic, it was a shock to the world when she died, so this film being a made a couple of years after made perfect sense, I was looking forward to it. Basically, in 1952, in Detroit, Michigan, ten-year-old Aretha Franklin (Skye Dakota Turner) lives with her Baptist pastor father, C. L. Franklin (Forest Whitaker), and her sisters Erma (Kennedy Chanel) and Carolyn (Nevaeh Moore). Aretha is traumatised following the sudden death of her mother Barbara (Audra McDonald), and as a result she stops talking. She is unwilling to speak until her father forces her to sing at church after weeks of silence. In 1959, teenage Aretha (Jennifer Hudson) is a mother to two children (she had her first child aged 12, and her second aged 15, it is implied she may have been raped the first time, but it is unclear...

6/10: Grand Jennifer Hudson vocal chops...
Saturday, August 28, 2021

Grand Jennifer Hudson vocal chops save otherwise pedestrian by-the-numbers biopic I saw the National Geographic Genius mini-series entitled "Aretha" starring Cynthia Erivo and now I can compare it to Respect, the film version starring Jennifer Hudson. The advantage of course of the mini-series is that a lot more can be told in the eight episode format stretching out over a few weeks as opposed to the film with a running time of 145 minutes.Indeed Aretha's early life is given short shrift in the film glossing over very important events including the death of her mother Barbara (Audra McDonald-seen only briefly) and childhood pregnancy. Those fly by in an instant and we're left confused as to what impact they had on Aretha and the rest of her family. The TV version also fleshes out Aretha's siblings much more successfully along with her relationship to her children.As Aretha's father, Forest Whittaker...

3/10: Slow, Boring, Dragged Out & Too...
Monday, September 13, 2021

Slow, Boring, Dragged Out & Too Long So, I only heard a bout this film not long before release & was in 2 minds as to whether to watch it or not, but given it was a Monday evening & I was looking to kill some time I thought to give it a watch. I don't mind Auto-Biographies & have seen some pretty good ones. Sadly this film however, wasn't great, not even average.The film basically tell the story of Aretha Franklin, a woman who since the age of 10 has always wanted to be a singer & the film tells the highs & lows she went through to get recognition & make it big.I found the film to be pretty boring, while there was some parts which were good, the film mostly was on the bland side of things. What I think made it worse was the constant singing parts which held up the film as if there weren't other...

1/10: Another worst biopic! Too long...
Friday, October 8, 2021

Another worst biopic! Too long, slow, and full of annoying overuse scene! Make me fell asleep several times! Not recommended! This film start with a little girl "Aretha" waking up by her father to sing, and a bunch of people partying scene! As turnout, this film is a biopic of Aretha Franklin become a legend of soul music! Entire film full of boring conversation, and annoying overuse scene! Such as, overuse of the walking scene, overuse of the driving scene, overuse of the staring scene, overuse of the drinking scene, overuse of the smoking scene, overuse of the arguing scene, overuse of the calling names scene, overuse of the partying scene, overuse of the dancing scene, overuse of the talking on the phone scene, overuse of the song playing at the background scene, overuse of the singing scene, and overuse of the kissing scene! Make the film unwatchable! At the end, Aretha singing "Amazing Grace" at the church! Still have...

7/10: This film portrays a recording...
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

This film portrays a recording artist from the 1900's as a . . . . . . lose woman. "Ree" loses her mom when she's only 10. She loses the flower of her womanhood the same year. She soon loses the gift of sobriety when she loses sight of her father's church teachings. Making a habit of showing up for her concert tour gigs totally drunk, Ree eventually loses her balance and falls off the stage. Though so-called society ladies have felt no compunction over the decades in referring to the 40-something King as "Fat Elvis," this sexist biography neglects the major portion of Ree's Life lived as a self-proclaimed (if chunky) "queen" who has lost her performance shape. RESPECT also manages to lose the forensic files for the series of suspicious arson fires breaking out within her various homes during Ree's later life. This docudrama implies were it not for her family's connections to a few...

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