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The Temptations (1998)
I loved their rise and hated their fall...(watch before you read!)
(Read this comment AFTER you have seen the movie!!!) This made-for-TV movie was too short to encompass all of the details that would have supremely showed the world just how special and talented these 5 men were. As told through the eyes of the last surviving original member(Otis Williams), the film most likely portrays all five members as they were. Even though only Melvin Franklin(my personal favorite because of that beautiful bass voice), Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, David Ruffin, and Otis Williams truly know what went on behind closed doors, this movie sheds some light on how fame gets the best of people. With not many people knowing that Melvin Franklin and David Ruffin were cousins, you would think that the movie would highlight that aspect in order to add to the information about their connection. However, that sad thing about the movie is that, even though the group was founded by Otis Williams, you begin to see, as the movie progresses, that Williams(Otis) was never the lead. The Temptations was known for being the only group (of that time) to have 5 talented men who could all sing lead if they wanted to, and they all did, with the exception being Otis Williams. Now I am, not saying that he could not sing, because he could, but we never get to see him leading the group as Kendricks, Paul Williams, Ruffin, and even 'Blue' Franklin often did. It seemed as though they each had their own story within the big story. And with the exception of Melvin Franklin, the other deceased members, in a sense, caused their own unfortunate deaths, taking with them a small portion of the music world that would have loved for them to pump out many more hits.