Today I had the privilege of seeing the highly anticipated movie “Sparkle” with the late Whitney Houston and American Idol’s Jordin Sparks.
Whitney was truly a gem and was able to display her exquisite acting ability, like she’s never done before. Watching the movie it felt almost eerie because you just can’t believe that Whitney is no longer with us. Plus, some of the lines in the film would make you believe that this was her life and some how going to be her last appearance on the big screen. During one scene where Whitney began singing a gospel song, I began to weep. I could not stop staring at her because even though it was acting, she appeared to be happy, healthy and re-establishing herself as an actress. It’s just unbelievable she is no longer with us.
I know our younger generation isn’t aware that “Sparkle” is a remake. The original film was made in 1976 and starred Irene Cara (star of the movie “Fame”) who played the role of “Sparkle.”
The 2012 remake of sparkle is fast-paced with little gaps of boredom. The storyline and the dialogue are straightforward and to the point but lack depth. Although Jordin Sparks is the main character and the untimely death of Whitney Houston make them the ultimate stars of this film, in my opinion it was Carmen Ejogo (who played the role of “Sister”) who stole the show by her exquisite beauty, sensual moves on stage and dramatic acting.
Nevertheless there is another actress I cannot leave out and that is Tika Sumpter. Although Tika’s part was a smaller one it was a significant one. I always say it’s the smaller roles that can make the biggest impact on the film. Throughout the entire film I was mesmerized by her chocolate colored mocha skin, the essence of black beauty but that’s not what got me going. I was impacted by her nonverbal acting when she stands up for her sister. I was moved.
Lastly I end my review by mentioning the music and the costumes. The costumes were not over-the-top but good enough so you felt like you were back in 1976. It was well fitted for the film and I was not disappointed.
For years many have compared the story of Sparkle to Dreamgirls but by the end of the movie I appreciated the differences of both movies more because you get to see the image of the African-American woman on the big screen and regardless of their struggles, at the end they all prevail.
Overall, I enjoyed “Sparkle” because it gave me my last glance of an icon, Whitney Houston. Whitney Houston appeared happy, healthy and singing with passion and that’s how an icon should be remembered. I highly recommend going to see “Sparkle” for the music and too see new African-American talent emerge on the big screen.