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=== Film Info ===
Certificate - PG
Director - Todd Graff
Release date - January 13, 2012
Running Time - 118 minutes
Queen Latifah -- as -- Vi Rose Hill
Dolly Parton -- as -- G. G. Sparrow
Keke Palmer -- as -- Olivia Hill, Vi's daughter and Randy's love interest
Jeremy Jordan -- as -- Randy Garrity, Sparrow's grandson and Olivia's love interest
Dexter Darden -- as -- Walter Hill, Vi's son
Courtney B. Vance -- as -- Pastor Dale
=== Plot ===
Joyful Noise follows a story of a church choir their journey on trying to win a national competition. The choir is facing problems such as budget cuts and also with that year potentially being their last year taking part in the competition due to lack of success and money from previous years. Strong minded mother of two Vi Rose is the choir leader and take no nonsense so when G.G brings her rebellious grandson Randy around the choir and Vi Rose's daughter Olivia falls for him the choir and her daughter becomes hard to maintain. Vi Rose is a strong character that has many problems in her way but its up to her as choir leader to get the choir moving in the right direction even if that means making changes to their music style.
=== My Thoughts ===
This is not really the sort of movie I watch to be honest it was simply channel hopping that got me to end up watching this. Being a fan of Dolly Parton s music and Queen Latifah s acting I thought why not give this movie a watch since they are both in it.
My initial thoughts after reading the short synopsis from the TV information was that this could potentially be a movie similar to the already established Sister Act movies or Fighting Temptations which both carry similar stories. In the end it turned out to be a crossover of both with a lot less drama and much more comedy.
The plot itself for me was a little weak. I think it has been done too many times and this added nothing new to make this storyline unique. The plot is very predictable and there were very few moments when I couldn't tell what would happen next. The movie stretches 2 hours long but for me I do feel that it didn't need to drag out that long and some parts are a little irrelevant and don't need to be in the whole story.
This movie has very many comical moments which is one of the things that kept me watching.One of the funniest quotes from the movie was "Get back in the bed and enjoy my snoring like it's a marvin gaye love song". That was said by Queen Latifah to her daughter in the middle of an argument and it had me in hysterics.
The acting is this film is pretty good but especially from Queen Latifah but I expected her to be good although I don't think I have ever seen her play a role like this she is usually a comedian but this is a more serious role. Still I think with her she is diverse enough to make anything to look good.
I think the relationship between Olivia and Randy could have been a little more rebellious. the two weren't suppose to be dating in the movie but they were sneaking around but I think there could have been more to that situation it all seemed to disney to me. That's no surprise though as KeKe Palmer is who plays Olivia.
I didn't like the way that they used the fact that the town couldn't afford to fund the choir anymore so it may not continue to enter the yearly competition. I think it is always something to do with funding or financial troubles which these storylines every time so it would have been nice to see a new reason why they were under threat of not entering the competition the next year. Ever if it was something wacky it would have made it more exciting and not predictable.
The strongest points of this movie is the music remixes and comedy and the weakest is the slow plot and common storyline.
=== Overall ===
I think overall the movie is OK. I would consider this a pass time I do think it is watchable even if only once. Some funny moments that seem to be the thing that kept me interested in watching. I say it is exactly what you would expect from a movie like this no more or no less.
The movie is worth a look but wouldn't suggest you hurry. The movie is available on sky on demand for free at the moment or you can get it new and used from £4.04. I suggest just watch it on sky if this is your thing.