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Lots of mumbling. Good music but turned it off because of the language. Just too much.
I enjoyed this movie, it was entertaining. Mos Def as Chuck Berry was great. Beyonce was OK, but if I closed my eyes I would know that it was Beyonce singing and not Etta James.
The story itself wasn't really historically accurate, and of course sensationalized to make a good movie.
It was fun. It was entertaining. I loved it and I would watch it again just for the music.
Often times it is hard to understand what the characters are saying, there is much mumbling.
However, the actor portraying Muddy Waters steals the show, and is worth watching just for him.
The absolutely frightful Howlin' Wolf is a must see (although he looks like they may have painted his face for increased effect).
And Adrien Brody does a decent job of holding the story together, although his character is a bit flat.
Beyonce is a surprise, managing to display genuine talent as Etta James. All in all, a good movie, light entertainment, good to pass some time but probably mostly forgettable.
It was a good movie! Beyonce made the movie in my opinion. I loved her performance of "I'd Rather Go Blind."
solid cultural/music industry movie spanning decades but primarily set during 50/60's. Big breaks, fading racism but ever present issues and just good music.
Masterpiece it ain't; enjoyable & touching nonetheless. Soulful music & acting by a solid cast. Beyoncé gave a heartbreaking performance of "I'd Rather Go Blind"; & Eamonn Walker made a sexy Howlin' Wolf. It might not be the most insightful musical biopic, but definitely worth seeing just to get a glimpse of the Blue history.
Excellent movie and a must see for all music buffs.
The history of all music stems from here.
Watch it and gain an understanding of just how influential one race has been on the American culture.
Good – Cadillac Records (2008) 109 min. The film provides a look at the beginnings of Chess Records, a record company that included Muddy Waters, Etta James and Chuck Berry. Adrian Brody plays Leonard Chess, the founder of the record company who brought the blues greats to fame. The film delivers on the dramatics of each performer trying to find a place for themselves in the entertainment world especially Beyonce (playing Etta James) but the real charm in the film is the music itself. Also, the film explored how white acts catapulted to stardom on music created by African Americans while the African Americans were left behind.
This is one of the best movies about musicians in the blues and early rock 'n' roll era that I have ever seen. Although parts of this movie are fictionalized, it never strays from the inner truth of what happened. The casting is excellent and all the actors turn in top notch performances.