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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

[6.50/10] Joyful Noise (2012)

Joyful Noise (2012)

Brief review: Actor-turned-director Todd Graff brings us his third musical, called "Joyful Noise", and it's joyful indeed. Yes, the story has been done many times before, and you could easily predict every single scene in advance, but the script has enough humor, drama, sarcasm and wittiness to make you forgive its unoriginality. Todd Graff manages to pull this musical off decently, thanks to his lively, unpretentious direction that makes the movie quite easy to watch. Apart from a few glossy musical numbers towards the end, there's nothing particularly impressive about the visuals, but that's not even necessary, since "Joyful Noise" is all about the the singing. The songs are familiar, but so catchy and beautifully-sung, they'll still give you goosebumps, and the numbers themselves are joyous and incredibly fun to watch. The cast delivers acting-wise, singing-wise and chemistry-wise. The lovely Queen Latifah can do not wrong, giving another great performance as the conservative Vi Rose, and Dolly Parton does an excellent job as the glamorous and easy-going grandmother. Keke Palmer is by no means an amazing actress, but her voice is absolutely phenomenal. The newcomer Jeremy Jordan seems incredibly comfortable in front of the camera, displaying charm, charisma and unaffected behavior, but it's the hilarious Angela Grovey that steals the show every time she shows up on screen.

Overall summary: Formulaic, hence, predictable, and yet light-hearted and thoroughy enjoyable, "Joyful Noise" entertains with cheerful musical numbers and sarcastically witty dialogues, and gains from its talented, appealing cast members, that sing just as good as they act.


Maynard Morrissey said...

It's fun to see how much the critics hated it (Ebert & co), while the audience simply enjoyed it.

33% Critics / 70% audience :)

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Maynard, my feelings are much more important to me than critics' opinion. I felt great while I was watching it, and that's all that

Ebert is the most overrated movie critic ever!

Maynard Morrissey said...

Yes, he is. He gave THE RAID 1 out of 4, which makes him the only guy in the world who hates this movie :D

Unknown said...

Great review, though I probably won't see it. Unless I've been knocked out, then given drugs.:) I'm just not into musical movies all that much. And feel good movies, either. I'm usually a real downer and prefer dark, cynical and hopeless for the most part.

I do like Latifah and Dolly, though. I may watch this one down the road at some point, but it's clearly not a movie meant for me. ;)

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Mel, me neither, but I enjoyed this one quite a lot. It's not overloaded with songs.. it's pretty well balanced.

I love these two as well, especially Latifah. Ain't she funny? :)

Thank you so much, sweetheart. ;)

Nicole said...

As popular as Dolly Parton is and much as I like Queen Latifah in some of the movies she's been in previously and as much as I like Keke Palmer because of her performance in Akeelah and the Bee, I just could not get down with Joyful Noise. I dismissed it the minute that I saw the trailer for the first time and tried to give it a shot when the commercials came on TV for this movie but sorry...I'm not sold on that one.

Now, if the movie just so happens to be playing on TV while I'm flipping through channels, then I might be likely to watch it. I doubt it is something that I'd be willing to rent though...my Netflix queue is long enough, lol.

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Crack You Whip said...

I like the fact that it is well balanced. I don't mind a few songs.
Sounds like it is worth a view!

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Nicole, I agree that the trailer wasn't impressive at all, but the movie itself is such a joy to watch.

Having said that, I can't force you to see it, but I'm telling you, you're missing a great time. :)

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Crack You Whip, it is worth watching, especially if you don't have nothing against musicals. :)