You absolutely MUST go out and see this movie. It was so good that when it was over, I was left wanting more.
Cadillac Records is about Leonard Chess (played by Adrian Brody), who had big dreams. He successfully made the transition from junk hauler to club owner to producer.
Initially, I thought the movie was going to be about Etta James (who was played by Beyonce), but it’s not. Matter of fact, Beyonce has very few parts in this movie.
The main characters are Muddy Waters (played by Jeffrey White), Little Walter (played by Columbus Short), Geneva Wade, (played by Gabrielle Union), and Willie Dixon (played by Cedric the Entertainer). Mos Def played Chuck Berry and Eamonn Walker played Howlin’ Wolf (who is uber-intmidating!)
The acting in this movie is phenomenal (yes, even B’s!) At the high points, when Muddy Waters and Little Walter were in the juke joints, making music, I wanted to go back in time and dance right with them. Yet, at the low points, when Etta James was introduced to her alleged white father, who rejected her, I just wanted somebody to “ger her some damned gin!”
I don’t want to reveal too much but give you just enough to wet your appetite for it. This is a story that definitely needed to be told; and something that you definitely need to see.
Here’s “All I Could Do Is Cry,” originally sung by Etta James, which Beyonce Knowles sang in the movie. I was amazed to find out that Mos Def did his singing as Chuck Berry also.