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'Cadillac Records': Accurate portrayals?

We determine how the pop diva, Mos Def, and Jeffrey Wright stack up playing Chess Records’ real-life legends

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‘Cadillac Records’: Accurate portrayals?

Here’s a quick nine-word review: The film’s a bit formulaic; the music is amazing. But how does the cast stack up playing Chess Records’ real-life legends?

Beyoncé Knowles/Etta James
Beyoncé as a troubled diva ? with a dirty mouth, a fiery ?temper, and a smack habit? Yeah, we were skeptical too. But when she belts out ? ”At Last,” it all makes sense. B+

Mos Def/Chuck Berry
There’s not much to do in the script besides duckwalk to ”Maybellene” and ? romp with groupies in the backseat of his Caddy. But Mos Def does both well. B

Jeffrey Wright/Muddy Waters
Wright’s frisky take on ? the Mississippi bluesman ? (”I’m a Man”) makes ? you understand exactly why ?his dirty slide guitar ?led women into his bed. A