MINI MOVIE REVIEW: Is “Cadillac Records” Worth The Ride?

An up-and-coming producer challenged me to watch the entire 2008 movie “Cadillac Records.”  The film, the young producer absolutely loves, is about the famed record label Chess Records, which was instrumental in making artists such as Etta James, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, and Howlin’ Wolf famous. The challenge came after I told him that I caught the last few minutes of the film recently on cable and I didn’t like what I saw – Beyonce as Etta James doing a painful goodbye song to the label’s co-founder Leonard Chess, played by the  Oscar-winning Adrien Brody.  I thought Beyonce was overacting and that she didn’t do the song justice.  The young producer told me that I was not being fair and that I should go back to review the whole film.  Well, I did! While it’s not the best bio film I’ve seen, as usual Jeffrey Wright, who should have a few Oscars by now, really embodies Muddy Waters.  Additionally, Eamonn Walker howls as Howlin’ Wolf, while Columbus Short does Little Walter proud. But, I’m sticking to my Beyonce assessment.  What do you think?  Send me an email!
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