Eric Liebowitz
Simon Vozick-Levinson
December 10, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Cadillac Records

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
108 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/05/08
performer
Adrien Brody, Beyonce Knowles, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jeffrey Wright
director
Darnell Martin
distributor
TriStar Pictures
author
Darnell Martin
genre
musical, Drama

We gave it a B

Jeffrey Wright sings Muddy Waters! Mos Def sings Chuck Berry! Beyoncé sings Etta James! Maybe no one asked to hear the sound of youngish Hollywood raiding the Chess Records vaults on the Cadillac Records soundtrack, but the actors nail just the right blend of reverence and vitality in their covers, which could have made for a fun EP. Instead, they’re padded out with assorted contemporary catalog tunes of a vaguely retro flavor — all fine, but thoroughly inessential. Still, anything that might help get those Chess classics back on the pop airwaves can’t be all bad. B

Download This: Listen to the song ”I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man” by Jeffrey Wright

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