Sparkle (2012)


(out of 5)

Unmemorable remake of the 1976 Irene Cara vehicle whose ambition to be the next Dreamgirls is obvious, and only makes it that much more forgettable. Making her feature film debut, American Idol songstress  does a more than decent job in the title role of a girl whose desire to write music is at direct odds with the bitterness of her mother ( in her final film performance), who was chewed up and spit out by the music industry and is determined that none of her daughters repeat her mistakes. The lasses sneak out at night when their mother is not looking, to perform Sparkle’s songs as a girl trio and, eventually, they begin to climb in popularity. Personal problems must arise, as they often do, when eldest girl Sister gives in to a Bad News boyfriend type, and Sparkle must decide whether or not the dream is worth it. Some of the original Curtis Mayfield songs have been retained, while the new material written for the film is hardly worth mentioning. It is nice to see how well Houston does despite the fact that we now know that she was on the brink of disaster; otherwise, don’t expect too much.

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USA, 2012

Directed by

Story by , , Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil, , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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