While it’s more interested in the legend than the facts, the movie nails the bind facing black performers, who needed the likes of Chess (Adrien Brody) to release records, yet fell foul of sharp accounting in the process. Jeffrey Wright’s imposing Muddy Waters is delighted, like his stablemates, to be rewarded with a Cadillac, but his boss keeps schtum that his royalties paid for it. Since Chess had a genius for talent-spotting, the movie cuts him a little slack, though it dwells too much on his more than professional interest in the troubled, voluptuous James (Beyoncé Knowles, nuanced and credible). Her searing vocalising takes pride of place on the lovingly recreated soundtrack, which misses the raw electricity of the Chess recordings but, like the film, is good enough to drive you to the peerless originals.
|Release date:||Friday February 20 2009|
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Cedric the Entertainer
The movie was ok but was missing meat. I was confused at the end thinking that it could have been better. I was shocked Beyonce's performance. She shed her good girl model for a cussing salior. I belive she may win an award for this performance because it was out of her character.