‘Respect: The Story of Aretha Franklin’ is one of the most anticipated titles of the year and the first international reviews are now available.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the biopic opened with 72% approval, scoring 6.50 / 10 based on 25 reviews. According to the general consensus, “the story of the biography is shy of the transcendent brilliance of its artist, but Jennifer Hudson absolutely commands the film.”
Check out the main comments below:
“When Jennifer Hudson sings, getting closer to Aretha’s voice and soul, the effect is amazing” – Slant Magazine.
“Eventually ‘Respect’ hits the notes it needs, both musically and historically, but it lacks the main ingredient: soul” – EW.
“Hudson is behaving as one would expect from the material provided to it” – Guardian.
“It’s no surprise that the character of Franklin is too tall to be portrayed in a movie, even this long. But Hudson accepts the challenge without wasting time ”- The Young Folks.
“Hudson is delighted with his performance, even though the biopic tends towards the mundane” – USA Today.
The feature will hit national theaters on September 9.
Liesl Tommy (‘The Walking Dead’) is responsible for directing, based on a screenplay written by Tracey Scott Wilson.
In production, we follow the entire career of muse Aretha Louise Franklin (Hudson), from her childhood, singing in church choirs, to her rise as a musical icon, civil rights activist and women’s activist. Aretha was the first woman to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, winning 8 Grammy Awards.
Jennifer Hudson stars as the iconic performer. The cast also includes Kimberly Scott, Forest Whitaker, Mary J. Blige, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Tate Donovan, Heather Headley and Skye Dakota Turner.
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