I’d be a damn liar if I said I actually paid money to see this movie, simply because I never actually cared to see this movie. Don’t get me wrong, I love Dolly Parton and Keke Palmer (usually), but me and Queen Latifah ain’t been jelling since Set It Off (which is a fave of mine). However, since my pastor hosted a free private screening, I am obliged to give this movie a review. Plus I needed a new entry.
I honestly thought I would have hated it. Let’s be honest, black movies, musicals and Christian movies bank rolled by Hollywood have been having some extra mediocre scripts lately. However, Joyful Noise was not bad at all.
It was heartwarming and not over the top at all. Queen Latifah acted like an honest to goodness mom (and not what people would have you believe is the stereotypical black mom) and when her daughter got out of line, she handled that. Dolly Parton makes you wish your grandma was Dolly Parton. Her moments with Kris Kristofferson are just adorable! Keke Palmer and Jeremy Jordan’s lil romance gave me life. I won’t say I adore this movie about a church choir from small town Georgia, but it was pretty freaking good. And it was Godly without being preachy, which was good enough to keep the presumption of a Christian movie without isolating non-Christians who wanted to see the afore-mentioned actors.
Was this movie pandering? Maybe. Did I care? NOT AT ALL. I like Dolly Parton. I liked Kirk Franklin’s appearance in this movie - he did what he did without having to actually act. I didn’t know who Karen Peck was before this movie, but that chick and her whole choir can sing. The choir of little kids? Al-freaking-ready. They did that. The Recession making a small town smaller? I felt that. Interracial romances and marriages? That’s all I need to see to know that this was a good movie. I’m a sucker for them.
All in all, Joyful Noise was a great. I honestly do recommend it. It was a good Modern day Christian film. It wasn’t over the top, the writing wasn’t horrible; it was real. I recommend that all of my followers, some of their friends and most of their families go see it. It was honestly a good experience.
This is the most amazing version of this song. Keke Palmer has the most incredible voice. Everyone should check this song out. Annnd watch the movie! Its wicked. Great movie, great music, and great actors!