Aretha Franklin sings in her father's church choir as a child and grows up to become an international musical superstar and legend.
The film charts Aretha’s life and career – with Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald and Mary J Blige all in the supporting cast. Tommy and writer Tracey Scott Wilson are making their cinematic debuts with this splendid retelling of Franklin’s early life and career. However, they come to the project with impressive stage backgrounds, which inform every aspect of their approach. Any stage, of course, needs a star who can command the space. That the story intermittently recedes into the background might be problematic, were it not for the fact that the spotlight remains resolutely focused on a captivating Jennifer Hudson, who was chosen for the role by Franklin herself, before she passed away in 2018.
Canada/US 2021 Liesl Tommy 145m