Sparkle (2010) Movie Reviews
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Sparkle is a fitting tribute to the late, Great Whitney Houston who you will just never be able to forget. She is really spectacular in this movie, though some of the lines seem to be really auspicious when heard in retrospect: she tells her daughters that the music business can kill them, and that they need to learn from her mistakes. Bobbi Christina probably heard the exact same things from her mother. The best thing is how Whitney sounds almost as great as she always did (almost) and she clearly cared deeply about this project. Jordin Sparks makes an impressive debut and dare I say that she is much better as an actress than as a singer (hes voice just doesn't impress me as much as other American Idol winners) but she has great chemistry with Houston and her musical numbers in the movie are quite something. I think this is a much better improvement over the original from 1976.
Hoping for a grand comeback for Whitney Houston? Think again. This movie is decent stuff as far as musicals go, but it pretty much plays like "Dreangirls 2". A down on her luck singer gets a big break and then starts to rise to fame...with the help of a famous Motown man. Sound familiar? I thought so. Jordin Sparks puts up a good show, but her singing is still miles ahead of her acting, and ultimately the only one that you'll remember when it's all done and over is Whitney Houston. She's just amazing whenever she appears and if you ask me, she should have played the title role even though she's 25 years too old for it. It's a remake, they should have gone for the brave thing and let her have the lead. Her performance in the church singing with the choir gave me chills. Too bad that's her only real singing in the movie. I would have gladly paid to see it again if there was another song she sang in the film. Still, worth a single viewing.
If you’ve ever read any of my reviews, you know firsthand that if there’s one thing that I hate about mainstream Hollywood movies, it’s a cliche. Nothing zaps the life out of viewing a new movie like the realization that you’ve seen and heard and witnessed the onscreen proceedings before. There needs to be some tension, some sense of anticipation, some discernible attempt at creativity on the part of the filmmakers and actors involved. That, after all, is the whole point of a creative medium like cinema.
Well, there is a caveat, and a disclaimer: it turns out I can enjoy a movie riddled with cliches and obvious outcomes, stock characters, and ‘eh’ musical performances if the centerpiece of the movie happens to be one of the Best Voices in the World – EVER. I know I’ve cracked many a Whitney Houston joke and laughed right along as Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and Kathy Griffin have made hay of her much touted drug addiction which ultimately claimed her life, but one thing remains clear after watching Sparkle: Whitney Houston was a star, a true, blue, gleaming-in-the-sky-above and unnaturally talented super human who was, in the end, as frail a mortal as any of us. The fact that she could produce a movie like Sparkle and co-star in it as she fought her way back to public respectability is one thing; you may admire her for it, you may not; but if the hairs on your arm don’t stand up every time she sings in this movie, then I suggest you check your pulse. She gave me goosebumps just by parting her lips.
Houston is in her element when she sings in Sparkle. Her vocal performances in the movie are so transcendent, so utterly pitch perfect (even with the obvious change in the quality of her voice), that it overpowers every other element of the movie, especially the ho-hum plot about a young girl named Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) who loves music but doesn’t believe she has the talents beauty, or ability to hold a stage required of a singer. Sparkle’s mother is named Emma (Houston) who has two other daughters named Dee (Tika Sumpter) and Sister (the holy-crap-is-she-gorgeous Carmen Ejogo). Both the other girls know how to sing and enchant an audience. In a way, they’re sort of the benign step-sisters to Sparkle’s obvious Cinderella. Emma is no witchy step-mother, she’s more of a fairy godmother, excepts he doesn’t sing bibbidi bobbidi boo. She sings “His Eye is on the Sparrow”, a lyrical church hymn that brings back the Whitney of yore.
I have never seen the original 1976 movie of which this a remake, so I can’t offer any comparisons. I have, however, seen the recent Dreamgirls which featured a starmaking turn by Jennifer Hudson and earned Eddie Murphy and Oscar nod. Sparkle seems to suffer from a heavy Dreamgirls hangover, but then any movie about a rage-to-riches musical career transformation is bound to feel the same. The performances are stellar, no doubt (Jordin Sparks can definitely act), but in the end it is the face, the mouth, and the voice of Whitney Houston that persists in the memory. Sparkle will not go down as a “great” movie, but it is a fitting tribute and showcase for arguable The Last of the Great Voices.
I was looking forward to seeing "Sparkle" mostly for Whitney Houston, but I was really blown away by the whole story. It's about a mother played by Whitney Houston that has three talented and beautiful young daughters that want to be singers. The youngest one, Sparkle (Jordin Sparks), doesn't think she has what it takes so momma takes it upon her to show her how she can channel her inner strength, beauty, and talent to become a bonafide star. Jordin Sparks is really good in her role, but the movie belongs to Whitney. Every time she sings or acts, she is just so totally magical I don't know what to say. I wish I could express how great it was to hear her sing again, even after all the tragedies she endured in the last ten years, but all in all, there's a reason she's called THE VOICE. She is spectacular in this movie and the great shame is that we shall never see her perform again. Rest in peace, Whitney. You deserve it.
I thought this film was alright but I do not think it is worth seeing in the theaters because it is not worth the price of the movie ticket. It sounds harsh but I found this film to be mediocre and boring and I did not think the songs were that great either. I know that people really want this film to be good because Whitney Houston is in it but its just not and I did not have a good time watching it. The film had a good cast and I enjoyed most of the performances but no one really blew me away. Overall, I think this film is best seen at the comfort of your house.
I liked this film and I had a great time watching it. I do not care what haters say about this film and I think it is pretty pointless to even mention them so I will go on with my review. I thought the film was great and I enjoyed every minute of it. I thought it was interesting, emotionally true and it had some great music with amazing performances from the cast. Whitney was so beautiful and it is so sad that she is no longer here but this film is a great tribute to her talent and beauty. Overall, I think people will enjoy watching this film and I hope haters will stop hating.
I thought this film was alright but I do not think it is worth seeing in the theaters because it is not worth the price of the ticket. The film was nothing special and it felt like it was more about 21st century then about 1968. I did think that Whitney Houston deserved a much better film and I almost wish I did not see this movie. I also did not really enjoy the musical numbers and the performances were just alright. Overall, the film was very mediocre and if you still want to see it i suggest you do that at the comfort of your home.
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