I'm excited to see Respect, the new film biography of the life of Aretha Franklin.
I'm not sure what it is about the musician bio-pics that so fascinates us, but over the past few years we've seen a great run with these dramatic portrayals of iconic musical acts. And every time a new trailer is released, and it uses those familiar songs to jog our memories and spark our interest, I'm all in. The last two that grabbed me were Rocketman, the life and times of Sir Elton John, and Bohemian Rhapsody, the story of Queen and its epic frontman Freddie Mercury. Granted, these films are not documentaries, and viewers should always be aware of how the dramatization will play with the facts and the timelines for effect. The films are, for sure, works of musical art unto themselves. And, perhaps for that reason, some of our singers and musicians want no part of this genre.
But for those who do consent to the story, there will always be an avid fan base.