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Cadillac Records

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Beyonce Knowles, Cadillac Records
Eric Liebowitz

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