PHYSICAL MEDIA REVIEW
NOVEMBER. 15. 2021.
BLURAY REVIEW: 'RESPECT' (2021) [UNIVERSAL PICTURES | MGM]
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Jennifer Hudson stars in the remarkable biopic and dazzling celebration of Aretha Franklin’s incredible legacy available to own for the first time with all new never-before seen extras.
Showcasing a spectacular ensemble cast including Forest Whitaker, Mary J. Blige, Marlon Wayans, Marc Marin, Audra Mcdonald and Tituss Burgess.
Jennifer Hudson dazzles in this historical drama / biopic about the life of the legendary Aretha Franklin. However just because she gives an award worthy performance doesn’t mean this film will be one for everyone; in fact this is a one time watch for myself.
Not overly familiar with the life or career of Aretha Franklin, I found the biopic to be impactful and full of hard hitting messages about abuse and fame. On the other hand though as a person that’s unfamiliar with her life aside from her hits, I felt it hit the typical notes of where I thought it would go.
The music isn’t gonna be for everyone but for those in love with the style of Franklin’s music, you will be surrounded with it from start to finish. While this does have the blessing of Aretha’s family, it feels very over-dramatized to the point it feels like the at times disrespectful Bohemian Rhapsody did for Freddie Mercury.
It’s a fascinating watch for a night in, especially for fans of her work that want to see her spiral with fame but for those less inclined to this will be an absolute pass or a rental at best.
For those curious of extras you will be delighted by a plethora of bonus features that make the film all the more fascinating with a look behind the scenes at the director’s method, the family’s take and the design of everything Respect:
THE MAKING OF RESPECT
CAPTURING A LEGACY
FROM MUSCLE SHOALS
EXPLORING THE DESIGN OF RESPECT