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- johndale101Jul 06, 2016by
I heavy into music and I enjoy watching historical music movies. this is one of the best I've seen. good movie.
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: Pre-owned
- khm204Apr 18, 2015by
good entertainment for adults
Great movie, not a history lesson, but worth watching and the singing was wonderful. Tremendous acting and a insight into the record business. Not for under 18 year olds due to language.
- yrmaddyDec 07, 2010by
Although I have not received my ordered movie yet, I need not wait until receiving it as I have looked at this movie a "million times." That is how much I love it.
The music is moving, the actors are superb and perfect in their performance of depicting the characters of the time period and in demonstrating their natural talents. Most (characters) took advantage of opportunities to show off their material goods, such as cars and clothing, to woo the ladies or get whatever else they could get into without regard to the future. That is how many of them got their fame, but in actuality became failures in their personal lives and their future. However, we love them and their music. They were the greats that brought us to the music that we so love and enjoy today. Who does not like the music of Muddy Waters, Etta James, the Howling Wolf...and songs life Maybeline, etc., and other greats with their music featured in this film. The music alone makes the movie so fun-loving; not to mention the excellent cast. I highly recommend seeing this movie if you like moving music to sing and dance to that will last for ages to come, and seeing some of your favorite musicians, actors, and singers, and even newbies.Read full review
- jfaronsOct 04, 2010by
Re-enactment of Blues, R&B, Rock Roll History
I am a blues fan and of course I loved the track. All the actors and actresses were fantastic. Is there anything that Beyonce cant sing?
To get more of the story, Id recommend watching the directors commentary if you enjoy music history. It is more than just how the movie was made. It is about the why it was made and the history of the musicians who were key figures in shaping American Music and the British invasion.
The movie centers on Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Etta James and one of the Chess brothers. In one of the recording scenes there is a surprise for guitar players and blues fans. It was so cool to see Hubert Sumlin playing right beside the actor who was playing him. The actor who was playing Mr Sumlin was watching him closely while the track was played.
If you love music, especially Blues, R&B, and rock music, this is a must see movie.Read full review
- fashionpassionf...Mar 10, 2009by
A NATION TAKEN BY MUSICAL STORM- CHART TOPPING HITS!
Features Acotrs:Cedric The Entertainer,Jeffrey Wright,Eamonn Walker, Columbus Short,Beyonce Knowles,Adrien Brody. Running Time:108 Min. Rating:R Cadillac Records chronicles the birth of Chicago blues and the subsequent impetus to the breakout popular recorded music in the 1950s. And, a concurrent racial and musical cross-pollination that was rock 'n roll. Darnell gets the sounds just right, miraculously from actors making their own music. But the storytelling is another matter, a distracting weakness not helped by doing on screen explanatory damage control via voiceovers by Cedric The Entertainer, as barely realized blues musician and songwriter Willie Dixon. And as key dramatic sequences are more often than not described rather than enacted, or conveyed as over the top whining rather than emotionally compelling, the weaker, shrill narrative rhythms of the story fail to harmonize and pale in comparison to the music. Adrien Brody is Leonard Chess in Cadillac Records, a Jewish immigrant and Chicago nightclub owner turned music promoter who was a key figure in integrating what was once known shamefully as 'race music.' A shrewd wheeler dealer businessman, Chess is unaware when he recruits struggling, uprooted Mississippi sharecropper street musician Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), that his proposed financial arrangement with this genius guitarist would be historic. As the Chess music business expands from recording to radio and the experimental explosive sounds evolve with the addition of Howlin' Wolf (Eamonn Walker), Little Walter (Columbus Short) and Etta James (Beyonce Knowles), the nation is taken by musical storm. And racial barriers seem to come tumbling down with segregated mental mindsets and government decrees lagging far behind, though not without terror and tragedy in its wake. Hope this helps you decide.Thanks for reading! :)Read full review