Cadillac Records... my take

Sunday night Le Petit and myself decided to check out Cadillac Records. Normally I wouldn't have even considered going to see this movie on opening weekend, but I was surprised by the overall good reviews the critics and my friends on the movie and the performances of everyone including Beyonce.

As we walked into the theater 30 minutes early we were shocked that we were the only ones in the theater. As the previews began we noticed the theater became more occupied but was far from sold out.

The film is a tale of sex, violence, race, and rock and roll in 1950s Chicago, that follows the turbulent lives of some of America's musical legends, Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess, Little Walter, Etta James and Chuck Berry. The cast all gave spectacular performances, surprisingly including Beyonce, who has made a vast improvement from all of her previous roles. Columbus Short was masterful. Several times I had to question if that was really Columbus in the role he gives a brilliant performance that I hope will not be overshadowed by others in the film.

Much has been said about the #9 opening, but what seems to be left out of every box office report is how many screens the movie was on. The #1 movie, Four Christmases, was on over 3000 screens and brought in $16 million while Cadillac was on 600 screens and brought in $3 million.

Me and Le Petit both thought the cast was definitely the star of this movie and not the script as it felt a little rushed at times. And in that rush, several important parts of history were left out. Also you will definitely have to like musical movies to enjoy this film.


houstonmacbro said...

I am planning on seeing it whether on the big or little screen.

What is the hubbub on the #9 opening. I must be the last person in America to know what you are talking about?

colinnyc said...

Houstonmacbro... i think it has to do with a movie opening so low on their first weekend is usually deemed as a flop.

But to more important issues who is Le Petit?? Dont be introducing new characters to the drama without explaining.

twinston1911 said...

yeah i went to see it on saturday afternoon in atl, atlantic station and it was just a medium crowd, but the movie i thought was good, i did think it was rushed at the beginning, i mean one min gabrielle unions character was cursing out muddy walters, than a min later they are married with kids lol, but it was a good movie, beyonces singing was on point and Columbus Short was awsome, love love love him