Well this seems to have just come out with almost no promo, unless there’s something I’ve missed.
Quite ironically the best thing I can say about it is, great gowns… beautiful gowns.
Firstly it does NOT need to be two and a half hours long under any circumstance. J-Hud is generally good with the material she’s been given, although it’s unfortunate because she doesn’t look or sound anything like Aretha (who does?), yet doesn’t quite embody her spirit either, and you’ve got to have at least one of those three things for it to properly work.
It’s really just quite a bland screenplay compared to a lot of other musician biopics.
Thanks for merging topics. I did search but it didn't seem to come up.
The main problem really lies with the screenplay. I already knew she'd had a baby of her own as a child and that she didn't really talk about it that much, so they glossed over that briefly with a few flashbacks to her being molested by some random guy. And the domestic violence with her first husband - not sure if she'd have been happy with that era of her life being focussed on so much because it really didn't define her at all. I know it's based on truth, but you can't help but compare to What's Love Got To Do With It, which was at least authorised by Tina Turner.