I recently saw the movie Sparkle. I don’t know if you guys are like me; I’m kind of leery of remakes. It just doesn’t feel right to see new characters saying the lines you’ve long acquainted with some of your old favorites.
However, I was pleasantly surprised with this movie. Firstly, this time I actually wanted to go see it because it was Sparkle for crying out loud! The original version has a cult following and is considered a long-standing favorite amongst its fans. Secondly, I had grown to love the actors in this movie in other projects. And thirdly, Whitney Houston starred in and executive produced it. She had had her ups and downs but I was pulling for my girl left and right.
For those who know nothing about Sparkle, let me summarize it briefly. A single mom named Emma (Whitney Houston), has raised her three daughters – Sister (Carmen Ejogo), Delores (Tika Sumpter) and Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) – with a strong hand. She had made bad choices earlier in her life when she was an aspiring singer – booze and bad men – and didn’t want her daughters to do the same thing.
But even after her Bible-thumping and bullying, her daughters made their own way. The oldest, Sister, who loved money and flashy men, got married to a top comedian, Satin (Mike Epps), of the time. The middle daughter, Delores, eventually went to med school to become a doctor. And the baby girl and center of the movie, Sparkle, followed her dream and became a singer on her own terms.
Now you know all of this didn’t happened before a lot of drama went down. Sister, whose husband turned out to be a drug addict and wife-beater, eventually got hooked on drugs as well. Of course her sibs try to save her – which culminated in a physical dust-up with hubby being killed. Being the oldest, Sister did the honorable thing and took the blame for what Delores actually had done.
I know it sounds depressing and maybe somewhat violent, but actually, it was a good, solid, family movie with plenty of humor. That’s saying a lot in today’s world where PG-13 is really R and R really should be X. Because this was a small, low-budget film, it may not be still playing in your town but there’s always In Demand or Blu-Ray! The music takes off where the story ends. It will leave you with a smile and an upbeat spirit. And that’s always good for the heart and soul.