Joyful Noise–A Feel Good Film with Good Music

It isn’t going to be up for a passel of Oscars, nor will it be one of those films you’re likely to remember for the rest of your life, but Joyful Noise is still worth a couple hours of your time and the price of admission. It might even lift your spirits and give you something to sing about.

This feel-good film is anchored by the considerable chemistry between Dolly Parton (G G Sparrow) and Queen Latifah (Vi Rose Hill). Flamboyant G G and traditional, hard-working Vi Rose trade some lame (but funny) lines and even engage in a food fight as they try to bring the Divinity Church Choir of tiny, downtrodden Pacashau, Georgia, together to win a national competition.

Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee) as Vi Rose’s melodious daughter Olivia, and Jeremy Jordan (Newsies) as G G’s rebellious but talented grandson are the predictable forbidden lovers who bring the fresh take on music and life that will carry the choir forward.

The high note of Joyful Noise is that it doesn’t pretend to be something it is not. The  story is sugary-sweet as Southern iced tea, and the plot as predictable as Miss Dolly is country, but the music and the pairing of two strong female leads gives it some play.

There is definitely a time and a place for a “feel-good” flick, the kind that reminds us that the world can be a better, more joyful place even with its brokenness and pain. Joyful Noise does just that, and that’s o.k.

My rating: 7/10 (on the strength of the music, Queen Latifah, and Dolly Parton)

The movie is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hr. 58 min. Todd Graff is the director.

Hallelujah! Friday Five for the 13th

Hallelujah, it’s the weekend!  I’m not a bit suspicious. Are you? It’s Friday the 13th, and I am simply thankful that it IS Friday. We’re planning to go see Joyful Noise tonight, starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. It should prove to be an uplifting and fun way to usher in the weekend. Check back tomorrow for a review.

But for now, here’s my list of the Friday Five Thanksgivings:

1) I’m thankful for a husband who loves, encourages and supports me.

2) I’m thankful for my children, for my parents and in-laws, and my extended family. Their love lifts me higher.

3) I’m thankful for a dedicated fun group of folks with whom to serve on our Church Council. We had a long meeting last night, but it was a good one. Thanks, ya’ll!

4) I’m thankful to be going to see a movie tonight. I enjoy film, and I’m especially excited to see Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah together. What a pair of amazing women!

5) I’m thankful to have enough good food to eat, water to drink, a roof over my head, and heat to cut this bitter wind that’s blowing across the state of Pennsylvania.

What are you thankful for on this freaky Friday?

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