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Respect – Budget of $55 million – 2 hours and 25 minutes
In Detroit, 1952, Reverend Clarence wakes up his daughter, Aretha, to sing for his famous friends, including Duke, Ella, and Dinah (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). The young girl is ten, but she has the voice of a grown woman. She wows the famous crowd. Since her parents’ divorce, Aretha spends some days with her mom, Barbara, but resides with Clarence and her grandmother. When Aretha and Barbara are together, they sing non-stop. So, when Barbara died, Aretha refused to talk or sing. Her father relied on her to bring in new members of his church. After three weeks of Aretha’s silence, Clarence threatened her to sing. In Sunday service, Aretha astonishes the congregation. A couple of years later, Aretha was a mother of two but refused to name the father. She sings at marches for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but Aretha wants to do more for the movement. Martin believes that Aretha desires to get from under Clarence’s thumb. When Aretha announces that she wants to march, Clarence has a surprise for her. He talked to record companies about Aretha, and a record company in New York wants to sign her. Four albums later, Aretha doesn’t have a hit record. Dinah tells Aretha to stop being so proper and find her voice. It will take new management, two husbands, and a drinking problem for Aretha to find her voice in a path she made, one song at a time.
Following the treacherous example set by Clarence, Aretha went from one controlling man to another. She learned to spot the signs of anger but couldn’t get the courage to leave. Aretha went through bouts of depression that caused her to excessively drink, miss tour dates, and overbook herself. She admired leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Angela Davis, but Aretha didn’t know how to stand up for herself. In meetings, the record producers, tour managers, and her father made the decisions while Aretha sat quietly. Aretha thought leaving Clarence’s management for her new husband’s would fare better. But it was the same pain in a different skin. She existed with unspeakable pain that followed her, and her family calls it her demon. It will take a Times article, a heavenly spirit, and a choir director for Aretha to shake that demon and create the best album of her career (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Having an actress that can do Aretha’s voice justice, was the best move by the director. You didn’t lose focus with bad dubbing or bad acting. This story of triumph and its honest telling will inspire and move you.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars
Why do you want to march – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Just ice tea – Ted
Child, you church people are some of the nastiest people I know – Dinah
I love when you call me Jerry. It means you’re not mad at me – Jerry
You have to disturb the peace when you get no peace – Aretha
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