Respect ★★★

Two things are made clear by this movie and they are: Aretha Franklin absolutely had a story worth telling and Jennifer Hudson is an AMAZING performer. This could have and should have been a knockout. But where is the innovation? The creativity? The SOUL? The very things that Aretha stood for? It’s so much a standard biopic and that would normally be just fine because standard biopics of musicians appeal specifically to 60 year old critics and me. But why the hell was this nearly 2.5 hours long… make it make sense.

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