December 05, 2008

Film Critic Quote of the Week

Keith Phipps of the AV Club on "Cadillac Records":

The release of Cadillac Records (and the existence of the still-unreleased Who Do You Love) underscores the oversight that's kept filmmakers away from Chicago's Chess Records for so long. Home to artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Bo Diddley, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, Chuck Berry, and Willie Dixon in their mid-century prime, the Chess roster teems with characters whose lives could provide the fodder for many remarkable movies. Or they could be carelessly piled into one movie that leaves no life-of-the-artist cliché untouched, like Cadillac Records does.
Yea, a separate movie about only Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters or, even better, Mos Def as Chuck Berry, would've been significantly better than this film.

Posted by Stephen Silver at December 5, 2008 04:55 PM

I'm going to see it on Wed.

Posted by: A at December 6, 2008 05:09 PM
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