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Although the film is a bit on the obvious side, it is well-crafted and the two leads offer powerhouse performances. Angela Bassett is simply astonishing as Tina Turner; where most other actresses might have simply imitated, Bassett accomplishes the impossible: she makes you believe that she is Tina Turner, capturing both Tina's famous on-stage performing style (the concert scenes are really exciting) and giving a completely believable interpretation of her off-stage personality as well. The script offers Laurence Fishburne little more than a one-dimensional role, but he plays it brilliantly from start to finish, and both are well supported by the overall cast.
There is certainly a great deal more to the lives of both Ike and Tina Turner than this film conveys--but what it does show it presents with considerable power and conviction, and by the time Tina finally hits back at Ike you'll be roaring for her to hit him again--and again--and again--and eager to see her finally triumph entirely on her own. Recommended.
What is remarkable is that even though she looks nothing like Tina and is not at all like Tina off-screen, on screen she IS Tina Turner. You immediately forget that this is a woman ACTING the role of Tina Turner and is not the legend herself. This film should be required viewing as a textbook example of how to carry off a dramatic interpretation of a well-known individual. All of us know Tina and are accustomed to her distinctive personality. Bassett faced the incredibly difficult task of making us forget the larger-than-life public image of Tina and accept the character as she interpreted her. An exceptionally intelligent and classically trained actress, understood that the key to success was not to mimic Tina but to capture her essence, and she is brilliant in doing so. She never overreaches or milks an easy melodramatic tear. She can communicate a world of emotions and ideas with a smile, a glance, or the slightest body movement.
It really is wonderful to watch her as she sinks her teeth into the role, one of the very finest roles Hollywood has ever offered a black actress. Unfortunately, though she has carved out a fairly successful film career in the years since, Bassett is, I think, the most underrated and underutilized actress of our time.
I hope that she is fortunate enough to land another role of this quality and that next time she receives the acclaim that she so richly deserves.
P.S. Laurence Fishburne was extraordinary, as well. They BOTH deserved Oscars for their performances.
But the real reason I watch the movie over and over (especially when I'm trying to get motivated to work out) are the musical numbers.Read more ›
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Awesome movie! Angela Bassett shows once again that her acting is versatile and always believable! She's the PERFECT Tina Turner!Published 5 days ago by Cody B.
This movie change my life, Tina Turner if you ever see this note, thank you so much you really change my life, I was a victim of domestic violence once by seeing this movie I when... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Kindle Customer
A great story on music legends!! Heart-felt but full of truth based on documentaries from both artists!!Published 1 month ago by Beatrice
This is one of my favorite movies and i was skeptical of ordering because some movies are used and scratched or knockoffs leading to dissatisfaction. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kellee