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Cadillac Records Bilingual

Adrien Brody , Cedric the Entertainer , Darnell Martin    DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Entertainment Buffet For Blues Fans March 6 2009
By Mojodog
Format:DVD
Cadillac Records is a kind of ensemble biopic that focuses on the story of Leonard Chess, founder of Chess Records, and the iconic musicians that entered into recording contracts with him. Chess Records was one of the first labels to give black musicians an opportunity to have careers, and became one of the premier blues labels of the 1950's and 1960's. The list of blues players that belonged to the Chess family is a who's-who of blues icons: Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), Little Walter (Columbus Short), Willie Dixon (Cedric The Entertainer), Howlin' Wolf (Eamonn Walker), Chuck Berry (Mos Def), and Etta James (Beyonce Knowles). The actors are phenomenal, playing these larger-than-life characters with both creativity, and an eye to the factual details. Adrian Brody was also excellent in the role of Leonard Chess.

Beyonce Knowles is the film's executive producer, and her passion for the music is evident. The performance sequences are plentiful, and extremely authentic. There is a mixture of original recordings being mimed by actors using lip-sync, and songs that are performed by the actor-singers themselves (I dare anyone not to get choked up during Knowles' performance of "I'd Rather Go Blind"). I give credit to the film for being unafraid to portray the musicians without glossing over their personal faults. Muddy Waters was a womanizer; Little Walter was a mean drunk and violent at times; Chuck Berry had an affinity for young women; and Etta James was an emotionally damaged heroin addict. Director Darnell Martin makes no attempt to gloss over these facts, and this lends the movie a real sense of credibility.

If there is one flaw with the film, it's that it seems to lack an emotional core.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underdone and overlooked Feb. 14 2009
By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. SASS biopic of Leonard Chess, co-founder of Chess Records, played by Adrian Brody
2. Quick look at Chicago in the time of segregation
3. Stirring portrayal of Muddy Waters by Jeffrey Wright
4. Short history of Little Walter, played by Columbus Short
5. Quick peek at Chuck Berry, portrayed by Mos Def
6. Quick leer at Etta James, portrayed by Beyonce
7. Passing glimpses of Howlin' Wolf (Eamonn Walker) and Willie Dixon (Cedric the Entertainer)

The problem with this movie is that it doesn't go deep enough into anything, skimming the historical and background stuff to focus instead on cars, cigarettes, alcohol and assorted misbehavior. The main thing you'll learn here is not what made these legends tick, but that they really, really liked Cadillacs.

A good cast, great music and a story that could have been a lot better than this. The stories of these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers deserve more than this superficial skim.

Amanda Richards
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent glimpse into story of Chess Records June 15 2009
Format:DVD
The story of Chess Records has not been told like this, with such excellent music and colour. Its an amazing story, and although it would take much more time to tell it properly, this movie does a good job in the time allowed. Blues fans will love it! Just don't expect it to go too deeply in the artists lives, though. For example, I was hoping for more details on Etta James--didn't happen. I guess that leaves the door open for a movie about her, like they did on Ray Charles. If you like the blues, you need this movie to understand the relationships and the place of Leonard Chess in introducing these artists to the world.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Histoire ou fabulettes? April 25 2009
By jonas
Format:DVD
Ce film a des qualités cinématographiques certaines (même si le faible budget se sent parois beaucoup, notamment dans les rares scènes d'extérieurs) avec de bons acteurs (Beyoncé est excellente en Etta James). Mais il prend de lourdes libertés avec la véritable histoire: presque rien de ce qui est présenté dans le film comme des faits avérés sous des noms de personnes ayant existé ou étant encore vivantes, ne s'est réellement passé comme cela. Et moi qui ai eu la chance de rencontrer (et parfois de connaître) certains des principaux protagonistes du film, je peux dire qu'aucun d'entre eux (à l'exception peut-être de Little Walter?) n'avait le caractère et le tempérament qu'on lui prête dans le film. Il paraît que Marshall Chess (le fils de Len) a été mortifié de ce qu'on a fait de la saga à laquelle il a réellement participé et qu'il se proose de porter l'affaire en justice?
Ces docudrames sont quand même bien embêtants: s'il s'agit d'une fiction, on ne peut vraiment pas prendre des personnages trop récents (ou alors il faut leur donner une autre identité: c'est ce qu'a fait le roman A chicago, un harmonica sanglote le blues (au Seuil) avec Muddy waters. S'il s'agit par contre d'une fresque historique, il faut se documenter sérieusement et ne pas traiter l'Histoire comme s'il s'agissait d'une pièce de théâtre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AA++ April 30 2014
By gabe a
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
i give it an AA+++ its awesome good stuff i loved it worth the money paid good deal i recommend to anyone :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect. Oct. 31 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Great acting, great singing, too much profanity.
Disturbing truths but inspirational to learn about the
little known history of the blues.
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