The Aaliyah Movie: Just Some Cold Garbage

The Aaliyah Movie: Just Some Cold Garbage


Aaliyah was a more than a great artist that was on top of the world. It seemed as though the whole world loved her, but unfortunately, she was killed in a plane crash in her prime. It has taken some years for her life to be written and portrayed as a movie. When it finally came time to reveal her long awaited movie, fans were disappointed.

When I finally watched the Aaliyah movie, “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B.” I thought it was great for maybe a website feature or an after school special. Oh, who am I kidding, it was bad for any medium to be honest.

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“Executive producers Howard Braunstein and Debra Martin Chase, along with author Christopher Farley (whose book “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman” was the basis for the movie) explained that they aimed to create a very tasteful tribute to a star who “led an incredible life in 22 short years.”–Huffington Post.

I know and understand what it takes to make a movie, let alone a great movie. By watching this movie, I can tell that it was rushed and was poorly put together. The acting was nowhere near decent. The scene transitions needed a lot of work because the various time periods seemed merged together. It moved so fast I couldn’t tell if she was in high school or on tour. It also seemed as the time between her marriage to R. Kelly and her plane crash was only two weeks, but it wasn’t. If the movie was done correctly, it could have survived the bad acting. If the scene transitions were bad, the writing was even worse.

I wished that they would have just picked one area of her life and focused on that. Trying to shoot an entire life biopic was just too much for them. They could have chosen the time between her separation from R. Kelly and her second album or her home life when she wasn’t in the studio. However, the span of her twenty-two year life shown in two hours was extremely rushed. It glossed over important and interesting aspects of her life and only showed information that we as fans already knew from tabloids and newspapers. This “movie” would have been better served as a documentary instead.

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