Like many, I’m a big fan of Whitney Houston. I have always enjoyed watching musicals and that's probably the biggest reason why I went to go see this movie. Though when I think of “Whitney”, I think of her as she was back in the 80’s when she was singing “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “Saving All My Love For You”,.
Yes, I know it's been over 25 years, yet time seems to unconsciously escape me.
There I sat waiting to see and hear Whitney’s final appearance on the big screen with her remarkable, lovely, and powerful voice- upfront and center stage. When she did finally sing the one song she was given to perform during this film and all I could think of was, "Where did the time go?". I also thought over what Kevin Costner said at her eulogy: how she must now be singing in the Angel’s choir in heaven. I guess his words resonated deeply within me; how she battled with believing she was never good enough. Though the fact remains that she had one extraordinary voice during her time to sparkle and shine that no other could top.
My personal favorite performance of hers was her live performance at AMA’s in 1994. And her unforgettable performance when she sang "The Star Spangled Banner (Live 1/27/1991 @ Super Bowl XXV)
Back to the Movie Review:
The movie takes us back to the 1960’s in Detroit when Motown music takes off. Carmen Ejogo who plays the oldest "Sister", the lead singer, pretty much plays the same part as Diana Ross in the Supremes. She’s pretty, sexy, and entertaining to watch on stage and that's why she is the lead singer. Jordin Sparks who plays Sparkle is the younger sister who has a real talent with both singing and song writing in the trio. She is shy at first but finally shines as much as her name towards the end.
Whitney played her part superbly in her role as “Emma”, their very strict, bible-studing mama. Though sadly I personally felt a bit cheated with only being able to hear her sing one gospel classic “His Eye is On The Sparrow” . It was tough to sit and listen to her sing this song since her delivered performance was good but not compare to the same woman who held out ever so long for that note on “The Bodyguard” soundtrack.
I felt sadness knowing she’s passed on and it was hard for me to connect to her character as it made me pause and think back about just how fast life goes by and why we should all make the best of it. Overall I still did enjoy the movie as it was fun to watch, especially due to the Motown music, and it’s always nice seeing a good ending.
Directed by: Salim Akil
Cast: Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, and Carmen Ejogo –
Rated: PG- 13
Time: 2 hours
I give it a “C”