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Dueling Movie Reviews: Sparkle

Updated: Friday, August 17 2012, 09:31 PM CDT

Ken's Take on Sparkle-

OK, Sparkle isn't really a dude's movie, but don't write it off just yet.  There's a lot of history in this film.  Set in 1960s during a time when Motown was on the rise, you are taken back in time.  Riots were a common issue due to racial tensions.  You look back and see where we are now.  This movie will make you think of Dreamgirls, even though it's not quite the same caliber, but it is Whitney Houston's last role and Jordin Sparks' first.  If you are someone who hits the couch when American Idol starts and were pulling for Jordin Sparks the whole time (yeah, I was pulling for Melinda Doolittle, too), or if you don't feel like you have closure with Whitney Houston's passing yet, this movie is for you. 

Whitney Houston has a solo performance that makes you believe that she knew the end was near.  I was definitely moved.  And don't be surprised if she is nominated for the Best Supporting Actress category come Oscar season.  Whitney does a perfect job playing the strict mother who doesn't want her three daughters to pursue any type of singing career, because to her it's the devil's work and it goes against everything that she has taught them.  She's tired and troubled, but stands her ground.

Sparkle is about chasing a dream and we all have dreams, so it's easy to relate to.  It doesn't have the pizazz that Dreamgirls had, but it does indeed have....well, you know. 

Bettie's Take on Sparkle-

Sparkle is definitely one for the ladies. Think of Whitney Houston’s final film as Dreamgirls without as much music. Houston's role as a curmudgeonly mother is actually relatively small, but she does own one of the movie's emotional highs when she belts out a gospel hymn at church. It's a bittersweet moment. 

Although Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) is the main character, Sister (Carmen Ejogo) just about steals the show as the girl group's troubled lead singer. Sparks' acting talent pales somewhat in comparison to the rest of the strong cast, but she makes Sparkle really sparkle when she opens her mouth to sing.

If you're eager to see Sparkle because you're a Houston or Sparks fan, you'll probably find yourself in good company in the audience. Sparkle is rated PG-13 for some mild violence and drug use.  It opens in theaters Friday, August 17.

To see the Sparkle trailer, go to http://youtu.be/55cuiV9yL6Q.Dueling Movie Reviews: Sparkle


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