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After a string of atrocious biopics — Aaliyah or Brittany Murphy, anyone? — there’s a lot riding on Whitney, Lifetime’s latest project. Given Whitney Houston‘s status as one of music’s most legendary figures, and the fact that she passed away less than three years ago, the frothy network isn’t exactly treading over light waters. However, it looks like hell officially froze over: Whitney isn’t terrible! But that doesn’t mean it’s great, either.
It’s melodramatic at times, but — hey!— it’s Lifetime. Also, it’s very early to be telling Houston’s story. (The singer died in 2012.) However, rest assured this film is handled much better than both Aaliyah and Murphy (if that says anything at all). The key is the precise and respectful direction of American Horror Story star Angela Bassett (this is her first gig behind the camera). Not once does Bassett »
- Christopher Rosa
The Angela Bassett-directed film is as much about Bobby Brown’s fall from grace as it is about Houston’s rise to stardom, chronicling the former R&B king’s drug addiction, musical aspirations and sexual indiscretions in vivid detail.
Then again, it’s only appropriate, considering Brown essentially called the shots in Houston’s life — at least according to the film — from the moment they first clicked that fateful night at the Soul Train Awards. From that point on, »
Lifetime’s original movie, which stars Yaya DaCosta as the troubled late singer, feels half-baked
Despite the sentiment of one of her most famous songs, Whitney Houston was definitely not every woman, but instead a talent on a larger-than-life scale.
In her directorial debut, actress Angela Bassett‘s depiction of the “Greatest Love of All” singer, played by Yaya DaCosta (“Lee Daniels‘ The Butler”), attempts to show the human side of the legend, but occasionally staggers along the very line it tries to cross — where genius-level skill meets basic human need for love, understanding and companionship.
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- Deborah Day
Producer Larry Sanitsky was at lunch with Angela Bassett, discussing his ambitious new undertaking, a biopic about the iconic Whitney Houston, when he sought the advice of the actress who’d won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Tina Turner. “I said, ‘Hey Angela,’” he recalled to the audience at Lifetime’s premiere of the movie “Whitney” on Tuesday night, “‘Do you have any ideas of who might be able to direct this movie?’” To which Bassett responded, “What about me?”
Later, the fear of being a first-time director struck her…until she received a sign. “A big truck went by and on the back were two letters, W-H,” she relayed to the crowd. “And they were in purple, her favorite color, and her song was playing, and I was on my way to the production office, and I said, ‘Girl, okay!’”
Why such passion for this project? “I loved Whitney, »
- Jasmin Rosemberg
4 items from 2015
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