Friday, 29 June 2012

Joyful Noise (2012)

Image: Warner Bros.

Joyful Noise tells the tale of a small community in Georgia struggling to make ends meet. The only hope the townsfolk have of restoring the faith comes in the form of the local church choir that, despite losing out every year to stronger, more modern competition, is determined to go all the way this year and finally give the town something to smile about.

This musical outing gets off to a rocky start and has a hard time finding its feet: the cuts and transitions are not as smooth as they could be and the lip sync doesn’t always match up. But for every bum production note there’s a good musical number which keeps you engaged until the end. Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah are convincing as the choir heads at loggerheads, and it’s nice to see that the ladies don’t take themselves too seriously as they trade insults – notably about the extent of Parton’s surgery.

Star crossed lovers Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee) and stage actor Jeremy Jordan round out the cast, as does newcomer Angela Grovey, who deserves a mention for bringing the funny on more than one occasion.

There's not really much of a plot and it's incredibly cheesy, but if you like musical films, Sister Act and gospel music you’ll be entertained.



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