MOVIE REVIEW: ‘JOYFUL NOISE’ WITH DOLLY PARTON!
Rated 12A (UK)
Starring Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer and Jeremy Jordan
Directed by Todd Graff
UK RELEASE DATE AS YET CONFIRMED, BUT DOLLY HAS SPOKEN OF IT OPENING IN THE UK.
Our Los Angeles film correspondent @tammyinlalaland has kindly taken the time to give her opinion on this US released movie set to hit the UK in April. The premise of the movie is around a choir and two directors at war over the group’s direction as they head into a national competition.
“Joyful Noise is so cheesy and happy…..I loved, loved, loved it! The best description of I can offer is that it is like a well done Glee movie – it’s as camp as Christmas with bells on.
Dolly Parton and Queen Latifa are brilliant foils for each other. The are so different in every way but such appear very equal on the screen. Each lady is willing to throw some verbal punches and more importantly, take some. Both are perfectly cast.
One of most interesting topics covered during the movie is love and the way we show and experience love at different stages in our lives. We see young foolish first loves which can be sweet and idealistic but then it also tells of realistic struggles and the hardship and work that can be marriage. Loves of a lifetime that seem to transcend death and perhaps a jaded sort of love you find in your mid-20′s. The film also explores love between a parent and child in many different ways.
The film did not rely on super or overly cliched stereotypes. What you think will be the ‘bad boy’ is actually a good guy and the ‘punk’ character turns out to be talented and sensitive. Each character had complexity and depth, not just a paint-by-numbers story.
I cannot put into words how much I loved that it was a female centered story. Each woman was strong, complex, independent and opinionated. Guys were all around but they were simply support characters to these brilliant females.
One sub-plot done exceptionally well was the beautiful and complex handling of a character with Asperger’s syndrome, one of autism spectrum disorders. I have some experience working with kids with Asperger’s and the experience shown on screen matched my experiences. It was well done, again without cliche.
All of this is done with a brilliant soundtrack. The music is so lush and enveloping, you will download the soundtrack instantly. I did.
The script is funny, heartbreaking and takes an original twist on a pretty standard story. Also, the final coaching speech at the end alone is worth tthe price of admission.
Joyful noise is a truly joyful film……..8/10″