Thoughts On: Cadillac Records (EOTWS)

Cadillac Records (EOTWS)

End Of The Week Shorts #27 extract: Cadillac cords (2008)

Cadillac Records is a pretty good movie that looks back at a few momentous events and characters of music history with a good degree of sentimentality and romance. In such, this is focused on the emergence of black musicians, such as Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and Etta James, from Chicago who gained world-wide success and notoriety in the 50s, and would subsequently go onto influence generations of musicians who, in many respects--sometimes literally--stole their music. 
As a film, this is good, but not worth writing home about. The story is solid, though nothing special; a take on the 'white guy/woman goes into a black neighbourhood to make things better' story with some degree of self-awareness and social commentary. Whilst this doesn't amount to much, the music certainly makes this movie recommendable; Beyoncé as Etta James is particularly excellent. All in all, if you're in the mood for a light story, but some great music, this is a film worth giving a watch.

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