audience Reviews, 80% Audience Score
- Rating: 4 out of 5 starsAs documentaries go, this is a pretty straight forward one, showing the filming of a gospel concert with Aretha Franklin and the Southern Californian Community Choir in the early 1970s. The singing is undoubtedly great and its nice to see the atmosphere in the small, church, venue - its quite infectious even, although, obviously, in a good way!. The songs are quite atmospheric and I'd be surprised if you didn't find yourself tapping your toes to the various catchy tunes, such as 'Mary, Don't You Weep', 'What A Friend We Have in Jesus' and the titular 'Amazing Grace'. The picture is slightly grainy I suppose but then, of course, this was recorded some time ago and I guess you could say it adds to the sentimentality/nostalgic aspect of it. I thought it was a bit of a shame that there's no additional information about the singers life given alongside the performances - I suppose I assume that music documentaries will include more than 'just' the music itself but that's not to say that it's not a good, uplifting, entertaining and enjoyable musical performance because it is. I suppose I think of it more like a concert film than a music documentary as such. In any case, she certainly had a pretty amazing voice and she made the most of it. I appreciate and respect that, having seen this film. For fans of Aretha Franklin's music, I would most certainly recommend this, yes.
- Rating: 3 out of 5 starsAretha is a great singer, but as a movie, not that good.
- Rating: 4 out of 5 starsA cultural history exhibit, in which there are moments when Franklin's voice gives you chills with her emotional power. Look for Mick Jagger in the church audience.
- Rating: 5 out of 5 starsStep back in time and place to a live performance by Aritha Franklin - WOW
- Rating: 5 out of 5 starsThis really wasn't Aretha's film for me. I don't think it captured her full power, which is why it wasn't released when she was alive. Aretha is Aretha, though, and the magnitude of catching any of her performances in a time capsule is worthwhile. The real star of this one, the man I had to look up after because his charisma was undeniable, was Reverend James Cleveland. If you search for his live Gospel performances (you can find full captures of his Sunday Service online), you will be captivated by him and all his little vocal ticks like shushing the congregation. He is my Reverend from back in time, and I'm forever thankful for Aretha introducing me to him.
- Rating: 3 out of 5 starsAmazing vintage footage from the 1970s of a younger Aretha going back to her roots in a Baptist church to sing with family & friends present
- Rating: 5 out of 5 starsThis is an insightful film into the talent and career path of one of the most talented singers of this era.
- Rating: 5 out of 5 starsGreat documentary which amplifies the vocal power and talents of the Queen of Soul ⚓⚓
- Rating: 2.5 out of 5 starsI dig music biopics but there are so many better ones out there.
- Rating: 5 out of 5 starsSmiles+ love+ admiration+ tears throughout the movie is my review. We have "church" in our own living room the entire time! Love it. 5-Star history for sure!!