Aaliyah’s Biopic: The Princess of R&B

007_1000I rarely comment on movies but this weekend I fell for the hype and watched “Aaliyah” the Lifetime biopic produced by Wendy Williams. The rising star, Aaliyah, tragically died in a plane crash in 2001. The debut movie was not over before the singers fans lite up social media to voice their displeasure. See for yourself; #Aaliyah is still trending across social media. Their reactions to the movie was more entertaining than the movie.

Before I begin, from the moment the news of this movie being made Aaliyah’s family made it clear that they wanted nothing to do with it. This was a good sign that the movie project was in trouble. Aaliyah: Princess of R&B starred Alexandra Shipp in the titular role along with a host of other sub-par actors and actresses; who portrayed Aaliyah’s family members and the celebrities that played pivotal roles in the success of her blossoming music and film career. If you did not get a chance to see the movie, DON’T – THIS MOVIE WAS HORRIBLE!!!

The casting selections and choices were terrible. It was like someone randomly went down a list of unknown black actors and actresses and made their selections while wearing a blindfold. In most biopics, the casting team at least comes somewhat close to matching the look of the actor/actress with the celebrity that they are portraying. With the exception of casting Alexandra Shipp as Aaliyah, every other casting choice was horrible.

If that was not bad enough, this movie presented the worst acting I’ve seen – very close to a home movie. Think about successful biopics of the past that did not quite hit the mark when it came to finding the right look but they surpassed expectations when it came to the acting. This biopic was definitely not one of those movies. All of the blame cannot be placed on the laps of the actors – it can be placed on everyone involved, and they should be ashamed of themselves for disrespecting the late star.

I am not done! The singing was horrible. Alexandra Shipp stated in a recent interview with Hollywood Life that she did all of her own singing in the movie. All of the songs were mediocre at best. Bad idea – she definitely missed the mark when it came to the singing. They should have just used lip syncing or dubbed her voice over with someone else’s so she could focused more on improving her acting. This is especially necessary when the biopic is about a singer or a musician since it is their music that defines them and made them famous. That is not what happened at all.

Lastly, the movie was poorly written! Frankly, other than the drama of the relationship between Aaliyah and R. Kelly, the rest of the movie drastically missed the mark. The entire movie felt like the writers checked out Aaliyah’s Wikipedia page and made a script based on what they found. I’ll tell you I will be watching The Wendy Williams Show today! She is known for slamming others; I want to see what she has to say about her foray into movie making. What did you think about the movie?

The real personalities are on the right and the cast on the left.


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2 responses to “Aaliyah’s Biopic: The Princess of R&B

  • Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW

    I haven’t had the chance to see this yet, but judging by this post and the comments, photos, and memes I’ve seen on Facebook and Twitter, I don’t think I’m missing much.


  • Kristen

    I had just assumed that the actress playing Aaliyah would be lip-syncing, and we would be hearing Aaliyah’s voice. Makes the most sense for this type of movie, like Selena. It was okay, but it doesn’t help that ppl like me are comparing it to Selena. Because compared to Selena, it was absolutely horrible. I don’t believe this actress really took the time to study the superstar that she was playing, much like Jennifer Lopez did when she played Selena. Wendy Williams could’ve done alot more with this, and should have.


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