Movie Review - Amazing Grace (2019)
Pollack's film was set to be released later that year about two months after the album's release. However, technical difficulties prevented Pollack from doing so. Apparently, Pollack didn't use a clapperboard during the filming, which then made syncing the audio to the film nearly impossible. The film was shelved in a vault at Warner Bros. for decades. Once video technology became advanced enough to sync audio to film without a clapperboard, the film was able to be complete, which it was back in 2011. However, Franklin sued the film company blocking the release that year. It wasn't until Franklin died in 2018 that the legal impediment was taken away. The film got its limited release this spring.
However, the main attraction is Franklin herself. I am not a fan of gospel music in particular. Yet, Franklin's talent is undeniable. Her accomplishments and accolades are noted in text on screen prior to her introduction. Yet, even if you had no clue who she was or what her status was as a legend and icon in soul and R&B music, you'd still be very impressed. Her nickname by the time of this live album had already been "The Queen of Soul." If that were not known to you, there becomes no doubt as to why she is so revered. The moment she opens her mouth and sings her first note, I was in tears. Her angelic voice hits you to your core and to your very soul. I cried during her first song and for several various songs after.
Franklin's father was also present and he made comments. There is a cameo from Mick Jagger. It's also an interesting look at the style of people in the 70's. The amount of big hair and particularly of black people with afros is the big note. Franklin is herself gorgeous and despite being hot and literally very sweaty, she does come across as an absolute queen and possibly a goddess.
Rated G for all audiences.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 29 mins.
Available on DVD and VOD.