Menu

Respect

Respect

Respect

  • Directed by Liesl Tommy
  • Starring Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Audra McDonald
  • CAN, USA | 145mins | 2021 | rated (12A)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film runtime: 2h 5m

Jennifer Hudson plays Aretha Franklin in a movie that follows many of the usual biographical beats but truly finds its own groove.

The late Aretha Franklin herself made it clear she wanted Jennifer Hudson to tell her story on the big screen, and who are we to argue with the Queen of Soul?

Hudson kills it in the performance numbers (where she’s singing live), she kills it in the recording and writing sessions, and we would be remiss to overlook her strong dramatic work as she portrays Franklin from a teenager filling a Baptist church in Detroit with the sound of her once-in-a-generation voice through her slow climb to stardom to her struggles with alcoholism and abusive relationships, to her triumphant comeback, which brought her full circle back to church.

Directed by Liesl Tommy (a stage and TV veteran making her feature debut) from a sprawling, comprehensive screenplay by Tracey Scott Wilson. It’s an absolute wonder to behold.