'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B'
(Alexandra Shipp, Rachel Crawford, Christopher Jacot, Lyriq Bent, et al / DVD / NR / 2015 / LGF)
Overview: 'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B' is the story of music and video star Aaliyah, whose life ended tragically in a 2001 plane crash in the Bahamas.
DVD Verdict: I guess my major question us: Why make a movie about Aaliyah and not do it right?! The actress portraying Aaliyah has a singing style that sounds like "pop" while Aaliyah's style is way more Hip/Hop-R&B. The actor portraying R. Kelly looks nothing like him, not even close, and it really bothers when these movies are made about African-Americans that greater care is not made to find the right actors to more accurately represent the people being portrayed.
This production is a massive fail. Aaliyah was a fabulous singer and dancer, how could Lifetime attempt to make a movie about her life and exclude her hits and not include more dancing and singing in it? Her greatest hits are not even in this movie. How can this be? True it attempts to pay homage to the late songbird, but she deserves so much better than this.
Now even with a bad script some actors can shine but I feel that these actors were just happy to be offered as role. They could have brought but they needed to put more into their trade. When playing characters do your research don't just watch an interview and think you got it down. Take the time and nurture your role perfect it. Then again we are talking about Lifetime they probably didn't give the actors that chance. [FYI - Zendaya, an American actress, singer and dancer was originally was going to be in the movie as Aaliyah, but Shipp won the role. Maybe things could have been different, probably not though.] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
"Beyond the Headlines: Aaliyah" 1-Hour Special!