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In this tale of sex, violence, race, and rock and roll in 1950s Chicago, "Cadillac Records" follows the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America's musical legends, including Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James and Chuck Berry.
This film is worth catching if you like the music (of Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and others). (Although, having said that, a standout is an overplay of Elvis singing 'My Babe').
On checking the cast I was surprised to see Berry was played by Mos Def - an actor I was disappointed by in the film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. He's really good here, as are Eamonn Walker as Wolf and Jeffrey Wright as Waters. There's also a nice turn from Suzette Gunn as the powerhouse Minnie Ripperton.
The 'plot', such as it is, is embellished, especially the latter half of the film which centres on record label supremo Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody) and…
Sometimes real life isn't interesting enough to make a movie about it.
I'm sad that this movie got shoved so far off most people's radar. In terms of musical biopic structure, it's pretty formulaic, but it makes up for that with a ton of heart, a ton of energy, and a veritable bounty of straight-up incredible music. Beyonce Knowles, channeling Etta James to an almost eerie degree, completely steals the show.
It's very great for me, a big blues fan, to get some more knowledge about it. The best part was to see their real faces, all the time... I could really recriate all these scenes, imagining themselves singing, talking and everything. I think I got the blues again. I'm in love.
A moderately distracting musical biopic that, as you'd expect, is particularly reverent to the legacy of Chess Records. [The slightly confusing title comes from its founder Leonard Chess' - here played by Adrien Brody - auspicious beginnings selling his groundbreaking blues productions out of the back of his cadillac.] As a celebration of the desegregation of popular music that paved the way for rock 'n' roll, hip-hop and all future movements that would bring heretofore exclusively black sounds into white homes, it draws obvious parallels to these future developments right down to the casting of figures from the worlds of R&B (Beyoncé Knowles as Etta James) or hip-hop (Mos Def as Chuck Berry), or the rock star/rapper-style debauchery practised by…
A fairly interesting fictionalized history of Chess Records, narrated by Willie Dixon (Cedric the Entertainer). Fans of the music of this era will probably be able to separate fact from fiction and fill in the blanks (like the near-total absence of Leonard's brother Phil), but for everyone else this will probably be an enjoyable and informative 109 minutes about Chess Records and the colorful personalities that recorded for them (primarily Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Etta James and Chuck Berry). The hardships endured by black musicians during the period covered here (mid-40's-late '60's) as their music made it's way into the mainstream are perhaps a bit underplayed in this film, but there's enough here to give you…
Library DVD. Skipped-out a few times.
This film charts the creation of Chess Records and the careers of some of the major blues artists that got their break there.
Adrien Brody is Leonard Chess who finds and puts on record such greats as Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howling' Wolf and Etta James (Beyonce Knowles).
The film has been much criticised for the liberties it takes with the real history (Leonard brother Phil who launched Chess Records with him in real life doesn't get a mention and some of the events and relationships portrayed are, to be kind, artistic licence).
Outside of the music there is a fairly predictable soap opera quality and Brody never really engages us as the entrepreneur who built an empire. What saves it though is the music. The renditions are all good and if the film makes some folks dig into the back catalogue of these artists (and Big Bill Broonzy, Jimmy Reed, Koko Taylor and Chuck Berry)
Dramatization of the rise of Muddy Waters and Chess records. Well acted, interesting subject matter.
a very good movie about the advent of Rock and Roll in it's infancy and the rise of Chess Records in the mid 50's with a stellar cast and great music and cool cars....i am not a fan of Beyonce but she nailed it in this film....she should stick with real R&B she has the chops for it but sadly she falls into this new autotuned garbage and is a sell out but that does not ditract from this being a great movie
It's hard to get a feel for a specific time and period in movies let alone an actual mood of a particular music. The best bio-pics on musicians tend to get it just about right (Bird, Sid & Nancy, The Doors, Walk the Line) even if the films aren't great or, even worse, have those tired old conventions of real-life people fit in tidy fashion for a 2-hour storyline. Sometimes all we can hope for is that they get the mood right, and even that isn't attained; some years back the wildly over-praised Ray had strong performances but, to me, didn't really capture that feel of what it was like to be in the midst of something really spectacular- we only…
Could be seen as an appetiser for those not familiar with blues or rock n' roll history.The padding in between the musical numbers is not too bad. The soundtrack is (obviously) excellent.
If you have appreciation for the blues, r&b, or the burst of rock & roll, give this a go! It's so good! Adrien Brody did an amazing job portraying Leonard Chess!! Just watch it.
Strong performances all around but a little sloppy in execution.
"Give me money, money, more than I need; I got Cadillac dreams waitin' on me!" That song is corny in a way only Kiss can be, although I have just indulged in dynamite blues, soul and rock n' roll classics that were, in turn, probably lame to the classical pianist who signed practitioners of those styles onto his label. Hey, the cracker behind Chess Records must have been all about the black man's blues, as he faced his share of oppression and sorrow during the Holocaust... right? Hm, let's see, where have I seen Adrien Brody in another biopic about a Polish Jew with a passion for music? Yeah, this is a good bit more upbeat than "The Pianist", and…
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