Aaliyah The Movie: Review

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I knew this biopic would take us for a ride before it even went into production. The constant interchanging of “Aaliyahs”. Passing over the one girl that people have said should play Aaliyah for years. It was a very messy process. And I began to lose faith in it until Wendy Williams jumped on board. I’m not saying that I thought the train would put on the right track and move into the right direction. I’m just saying had faith in Wendy as conduction. As someone who constantly puts in her two cents about pop culture and the way things should’ve been done, I just knew she would be the anchor to stop this ship from drifting off into the sunset with other nonsensical made-for-tv movies. 

In the days leading up to the premiere it was times for preparation because when you’re on social media and about to watch a show/movie with millions of other people you need to be prepared emotionally. Throughout the week I’d seen the negative comments about the people they’d pick to play the loved ones of Aaliyah. I don’t let others’ opinion sway me. So I persevered through the negativity.

I didn’t really have a problem with Alexandra Shipp playing Aaliyah but, do I think she embodied the essence of Aaliyah? Absolutely not. And I didn’t want the sequel to Drumline that she starred in, so I wasn’t privy to her acting. 

This is no diss to her the director of this movie did guide her. Though Aaliyah was calm, cool and collected her presence was bold and street. Needless to say Shipp’s acting didn’t move me.

The relationship between Aaliyah and R. Kelly played out very well. It’s how I would think it went back when the two were sneaking around. Yes, the relationship/marriage was inappropriate. Some may argue that Lifetime romanticized the illegal relationship. Lifetime walked a very thin line between celebrating an inappropriate marriage between a man and a teen girl and being sued by R. Kelly. Though they can be sued by everybody at this point. 

The carelessness of the casting was jaw-dropping. Timbaland and Missy were just….it looked like the casting directors didn’t have pictures of the them. Damon Dash was so far off. Overall the casting was a train wreck. 

I think her parents were depicted very well, especially her mother. The resemblance was spot on. But there was something that would’ve have made the movie, something that would have breathed nostalgia through our t.v’s, her music. The absence of Aaliyah’s music made this movie more cringeworthy. There wasn’t even an ounce of effort putting to a vocal coach to help Shipp perfect Aaliyah voice. They just threw her in front of a camera and told her to sing. Shipp’s rendition of  ‘At Your Best (You Are Loved)’ and ‘Got To Give It Up’ were insulting. 

The movie was two hours long and touched on absolutely nothing. I couldn’t feel Aaliyah. I don’t remember her that way. The movie was just as tragic reminder that this was a mistake. It was all just a big mistake and with the blessings of the Haughton family this movie could have very well be gold. 

This movie should be locked away in a vault never to be seen again. If not for the sanity of Aaliyah fans but, out of respect for the Princess Of R&B

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