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Plot: The joyous, emotional, heartbreaking celebration of the life and music of Whitney Houston, the greatest female R&B pop vocalist of all time. Tracking her journey from obscurity to musical superstardom.
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A well done flick, I’d say.
I didn’t even know this existed until I was invited a week or two back to go watch it, which is a surprise as I’d imagine a Whitney Houston biopic would’ve got enough hype that I would’ve seen it mentioned around the web – perhaps I just happened to miss it? Either way, I’d very much recommend ‘Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody’.
I’m no Houston brainiac but of course knew of her top songs and unfortunate personal issues, I feel like the film does a commendable job at covering all aspects – the pacing is top notch, in my opinion. I’d imagine it takes liberties with the truth, as per for this genre, here and there, but that doesn’t bother me much if so.
Naomi Ackie is terrific in the lead role, quite the first performance of her’s to watch on my part. I hope to see more! The rest of the cast, from Stanley Tucci to Ashton Sanders to Tamara Tunie to Nafessa Williams to Clarke Peters, particularly the latter, are also very good throughout.
I found the run time to be spot on, while the music is – as you’d expect – excellent. Houston sure did make a tonne of hits!
I wonder why they added her name to the title? Might that be because the film makers knew that the “legacy” of this once celebrated singer has already largely wained? I can’t think when I last heard one of her songs on the radio. Bigger then the “Beatles”? Well Naomi Ackie puts her heart and soul into this performance but do we ever see her tinkle on a piano, pick up a guitar, bang a tambourine even? Right from the start when she is discovered by established impresario (and one of this film’s producers) Clive Davis (Stanley Tucci) we learn that she doesn’t write songs. So what is there for us to remember? This film proceeds to tell us a rather sad and shallow story of a woman born into musical royalty who seems to lurch from one bad decision to another – fuelled by a confused sexuality, booze, drugs and ambition – a toxic mix for anyone to deal with. This highly speculative narrative doesn’t try to give any depth to any of the characters. It doesn’t try to involve us in the stresses faced by this woman who had the world beneath her feet for a while, but for whom it was all too much – especially when she discovers that those closest to her are betraying and/or embezzling from her. It asks us to be sympathetic but gives us few insights into what made her tick. The brief and superficial scenes with her wayward husband Bobby Brown (Ashton Sanders) are whirlwind in nature and so it’s hardly surprising when he turns out to be wrong for her. The competent Tucci comes across as a benign, gentle, benefactor but again, there is little of substance to his role as he seems powerless to stop her descending into a maelstrom of despair and illness. The real story of this inspirational singer is full of twists, turns, successes and failures. Her emotional life was just about as turbulent as it is possible to get. Yet this film is sterile and procedural. I didn’t feel involved, I didn’t really feel that I cared for her very much. On the plus side, we are reminded on occasion of her brilliant original songs and astonishing vocal range (though Miss Ackie doesn’t do the singing) and are reminded of just how good an entertainer she was, but I saw this on my own in a cinema and maybe that says quite a lot about the quality of this rather underwhelming and chronological biopic that could have been so much better had it focused more on the talents of this remarkable woman and less on the associated melodrama.
A good biopic but lacking that extra something special
I Wanna Dance With Somebody is a bit hit and miss for me.
The big hit is Naomi Ackie’s performance. I was completely transported and absorbed by her portrayal of Whitney, and thought she handled the role perfectly. Obviously the music was always going to be great so that’s another real point in this film’s favour.
The miss for me comes in the form of the structure and storytelling. There is always a balance to strike in a musical biopic between how much you focus on the music and how much you focus on the person. For me this film got this balance wrong and spent too long showing full performances of Whitney and showing off her voice. We know she had an incredible voice, and as great as it is to hear it over and over, I would have liked to dig down into the woman herself even more.
When we dig down into her personal life, her relationship with Bobby Brown, her relationship with her mother and father, her treatment by the press and her drug issues, everything felt very surface level. Particularly the latter two.
I appreciate that the film perhaps didn’t want to tread too heavily down these dark avenues which is entirely reasonable, but it does mean the film lacks punch at times. As a result the highs are never particularly high and the lows are never too low which diminishes the impact of the film.
I did also think that the film was a tad too long and could have been trimmed by 10 minutes at least.
Considering there are so many musical biopics these days I can’t help but compare this film to others that have hit the screens in recent years such as Elvis, Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman, and this is easily lagging behind in this pack. Still, it boasts a terrific performance from Ackie, a great soundtrack, and several powerful moments. However as a whole the film does feel rather muted.
Wish more background was needed
I wish that the movie explored how she learned to sing more. I wish there was more of her background as a child with her parents. It looked like her parents were in show business, but I didn’t find much about it.
I didn’t realize Whitney was a lesbian or bisexual. And the way the men in her life betrayed her, she picked the wrong ones. She should have known from their previous betrayals with other people not to trust them.
I wish they showed how she gained strength to get rid of the betrayers in her life.
The movie felt like it dragged out and was long in some places. Even though, I felt it was devoid in some places. Like, I didn’t get to know anybody in the movie. Not her friends, fans, or family.
I also didn’t see the story of how she got into drugs, and how she became more dependent on them. There were betrayers in her life, but what else was making her upset. What was her pain and why did she do the drugs?
Also, Whitney has a certain vibe to her and this actress didn’t capture it at all. Not her fault . Not saying she was a bad actress. It’s just Whitney is Whitney.
Original Language en
Genre Biography, Drama, Music
Director Kasi Lemmons
Writer Anthony McCarten
Actors Naomi Ackie, Stanley Tucci, Ashton Sanders
Country United States
Awards 5 nominations
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