Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, RESPECT is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.
Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker & Cast are Stellar in this biography of The Queen of Soul’s life. AppleTV+ is awesome too.
By Gamer holdem
I gave it 2 stars ⭐️ only because it’s Aretha Franklin. It could have been a fantastic film but it really had no soul to it and I’m not talking about the music. Glad I waited until it was a cheap rental.
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It's a little long but does a grea job of laying out the artist's trajectory. The stuggle to find her sound and in the process catapulted soul music. The variety of music she sang. Her conquest of Europe where no soul singer had succeeded at her level. Hudson was great. I wish McDonald had more to do, but you can't make a movie about 2 divas.
I was raised on classical music. But, in 1968 I bought Lady Soul. She so electrified the music industry even a classical musician in Norfolk Virginia knew about her.
God this is so good
By ELI the lover of movies
This is what I love
They took the safe route
By Capt howdy 123
I was extremely excited to see this movie but was completely let down by the presentation. Following great biopics like Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody I was expecting Aretha to also get the unique treatment in presenting her story in a unique and Motown with gospel roots way. But what we got was a safe movie following the same story arc similar to Walk the Line. The music as expected was excellent but in the end, I felt like I have seen this movie before and hoped for better. I wouldn’t say don’t watch this movie. It’s was just less than what I wanted to see out of an Aretha Franklin movie.
Very slow long movie
By Joe h dallas
Had some good parts but not worth the price or the time. Was disappointing.
Great talent bad everything else.
By Sir Dizzel
This felt like a cash grab for the producers. It’s a 2 1/2 hour movie where things happen and then are forgotten. It feels like you are watching everyone going through the motions but never feel engaged. Like this incident shaped Aretha in his way or that way. Grade A talent and the movie looks nice but the story telling is horrible. Remember 2 1/2 hour movie. That is all.
Perfect perfect! Jhud win a Oscar for this! ✨🤨
Meandering and mediocre
Uneventful and completely forgettable.
MUSIC GOOD, DIRECTING… MEH
I was so excited to see this film. What could be better than Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Hudson? Sadly, it was a big let down and I lay this squarely at the directors feet. Ms. Hudson sang the songs brilliantly but where she faltered was trying to sound like Aretha. She just couldn’t quite get there and it prevented her from being in the moment and just delivering the performance necessary. I would rather she got the spirit of Aretha than try to mimic her. The highlights of this film were the supporting actors. Audra McDonald stands out. The scenes with her and young Aretha were a beautiful setup for the rest of the story. On another positive, the film was beautifully shot. It kept its authenticity by not using all the tricks in the filmmakers arsenal. Also, the costumes were beautiful.