Respect (out Aug 19) is a long overdue biopic that covers a 20-year span in the career of iconic singer Aretha Franklin (played by Jennifer Hudson). I walked out of the cinema asking myself – did I learn anything new about Franklin? It skirts tricky issues (like her pregnancy as a 12-year-old) and spends too much time on feel-good elements like song development. Forest Whitaker is the pick of the cast as Franklin's controlling father. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Respect
- Written by Matthew Toomey