Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sparkle




- Sparkle is a timeless story of the bonds of family, the trials of success and the power of music. In her feature film debut, “American Idol” sensation Jordin Sparks stars as Sparkle, a young woman whose big dreams seem almost impossible. She’s been warned against the pitfalls of the music industry by her protective mother (Whitney Houston), yet encouraged by the handsome and ambitious Stix (Derek Luke), Sparkle forms a trio with her sisters (Tika Sumpter and Carmen Ejogo). Together, they perform the soul-stirring songs that Sparkle pens. But as their fame grows, so does the risk of jealousy, self-doubt and insidious temptation. This sweeping drama is brought to life with a powerful cast including Mike Epps, Omari Hardwick and CeeLo Green.

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I finally got around to watching this movie on TV this evening. And although it didn't totally bite - I am thankful for two things; 1) that I did not go to see it at the theatre, and 2) that I did not spend money renting it on PPV.

Typical of a Whitney movie, it was just 'okay' ... it really did not pick up until the last 40 minutes or so, when 'sister' lands in jail.  I won't divulge why - and ruin probably the best scene of the entire movie for you.

Jordin Sparks' character; Sparkle, was endearing. Sweet and shy, with a gift that she just would not let go of - coupled with the tenacity to go after her dreams, despite her mother's disapproval. Her final performance was very well done! Amazing what can happen when you finally achieve mama's approval.

Overall, I am glad I have watched the final Whitney movie, released after her passing. Though I did PVR this movie, I am not sure I ever need to see it again, so we willl see how long it remains on the list. ;-)

I am giving this movie 3 boxes of popcorn.