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Who Do You Love (5/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 92 minutes.
Not for children.
I guess it’s whistling Dixie to hope that
Hollywood will ever make a warts and all biopic of an entertainer. “Ray”
(2004) ignored the serial infidelities and gross drug use of Ray
Charles, although, to give it credit, it did have Jamie Foxx lip sync to
Charles’ unusual voice. “Walk the Line,” probably the poster child for a
lost opportunity, not only had non-singer Joaquin Phoenix use his own
putrid voice instead of Johnny Cash’s (at Phoenix’s insistence), it also
ignored the horrible way Cash dumped his loyal wife and mother of his
children for another woman, and gave short shrift to his drug addictions
and his serial infidelities. Those are only two of a myriad of biopics
that paint seriously flawed “stars” as just wonderful people.
“Cadillac Records” (2008) was the first of two
biopics of the Chess brothers, Leonard (Alessandro Nivola) and Phil (Jon
Abrahams), who were catalysts for bringing the black music of the blues
into the mainstream. It ignored the way the Chess brothers took
advantage of the poor, uneducated, but highly talented black
entertainers they shepherded, like Muddy Waters, keeping most of the
money for themselves.
I was hoping that this would show more of their
warts, but it was not to be. Not only that, but how can you make a
biopic of the Chess brothers and not even mention the name of the
legendary Chuck Berry (“Rock and Roll Music,” ”School Days,” ”Sweet
Little Sixteen,” “Johnny B. Goode,” to name just a few of the hundreds
of songs he wrote and sang, in addition to his famous duckwalk)? But
that’s what director Jerry Zaks has done here. I have to assume that
Zaks had some problem with copyright and permissions because Etta James,
whose rendition of “At Last” is a classic, doesn’t make an appearance,
either. In fact, James didn’t hide her disgust that Beyoncé, an
executive producer of “Cadillac Records” used her voice in singing “At
Last,” instead of lip syncing to James’ voice. Leonard Chess’s multiple
adulteries of his wife, Revetta (Marika Dominczyk) are comprised in one
composite fictional character, Ivy Mills (Megalyn Ann Echikunwoke), who
is shown with a beautiful voice, a willingness to sleep with Leonard,
and a drug addict.
There are so many reasons why this is a
disappointment. Like “Walk the Line,” it ignores the wonderful music
that the Chess brothers were responsible for bringing to the public.
Most biopics of musicians present the opportunity for a good story and a
concert of great music. “Ray” fulfilled that promise. “Walk the Line”
didn’t, and neither does “Who Do You Love.”
April 11, 2010