Reviews

Cadillac Records

3

R&B label Chess Records gets its own biopic


A busy sometimes incoherent biopic about legendary Chicago blues / R&B label Chess Records during its '50s peak, Cadillac Records jams half a dozen music legends into one overstuffed film.

Clearly, troubled waiter Etta James deserves her own 90 minutes, and when she's onscreen Beyonce is luminous as the driven diva.

Also excellent is Mos Def as an up-for-anything Chuck Berry. They are but two of many, however, and by the time we meet the rest of the roster, the plot - Adrien Brody's Leonard Chess rising from junkyard owner to king of the blues - is lost in the shuffle.

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: February 20th 2009