Aroview: Flashy interpretation of the rise of the seminal Chess Records, regarded by many as America's greatest blues label.
This ensemble piece is more fairytale than fact, omitting historically accurate details in order to jam as many legendary musicians into each episodic moment. The results are joyously chaotic, dispensing conventional (and at times, coherent) narrative for a STARS IN YOUR EYES-style showcase. The music is delivered with energetic aplomb by the actors themselves – watch out for a luminous Beyonce Knowles, who proves her excellent turn in DREAMGIRLS was no fluke.
Average rating (Very Good). Showing 1-2 of 2 member reviews.
3 stars (Good Enough) Could be seen as an appetiser for those not familiar with blues or rock n' roll history.The padding in between the musical numbers is not too bad. The soundtrack is (obviously) excellent.~tubbs
5 stars (Exceptional) Great mocumentary on the huge achievement of Chess Records in recording the explosion of Chicago blues 1950-1969 led by Muddy Waters and other exceptional stars. All roles in the movie are played by contemporary musicians & actors, remarkably well.~Sandy