‘Sparkle’ Trailer: Motown Melodrama with Whitney Houston

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2013 at 9:37 am,

jordin sparks whitney houston sparkle Sparkle Trailer: Motown Melodrama with Whitney Houston

The tragic, premature death of modern music legend Whitney Houston earlier this year looms over the head of this summer’s Sparkle: a remake of the 1976 musical melodrama (of the same name), which was meant to serve as a comeback vehicle for the starlet of such popular ’90s titles as The Bodyguard and Waiting to Exhale. Instead, the film will mark Houston’s final appearance onscreen.

Sparkle sees Houston play second fiddle to American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, who portrays (not kidding) Sparkle Williams: the most musically-talented in a trio of sisters who rocket to fame during the late ’60s – as “The Motown Sound” is all the rage – and subsequently fall victim to the same cycle of clashing egos, drug use, and abuse that destroyed their mother’s (Houston) own budding musical career.

Husband-wife duo Mara Brock Akil (Cougar Town) and Salim Akil (The Game) handled writing and directing duties on Sparkle. The film’s cast is rounded out by such supporting players as Carmen Ejogo (Chaos), Tika Sumpter (One Life to Live), Mike Epps (Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Extinction), Derek Luke (Hawthorne), and musician Cee-Lo Green (The Voice).

Have a look at the official trailer for Sparkle below:

Based on this early footage, Sparkle looks and sounds like a pretty standard (re: formulaic) musical cautionary tale about the pitfalls that come with success. While Sparkle doesn’t appear to boast quite the visual panache or flair of, say, Bill Condon’s Oscar-winning Dreamgirls adaptation, the painfully obvious parallels between Houston’s character and the singer’s tumultuous real-life experiences adds a subtextual layer of melancholy to the proceedings, which may give the film more emotional punch.

That said: if you bypass Houston’s involvement and judge primarily by the rest of the creative personnel who are involved with this flick (combined with the trailer footage), then Sparkle still seems like it should be a serviceable addition to the musical melodrama sub-genre (if nothing else).

Sparkle opens in theaters around the U.S. on August 17th, 2012.

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Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. The original was fine. I didn’t see the point in a remake.

  2. I will rent this for Whitney.

  3. Let me just start by saying that I’m a big Whitney Houston fan and I’m a big fan of the movie sparkle, so of course I’m going to see it because of Whitney, but this is nothing like the original movie and I must say I’m a little disappointed. There are key things in the movie that must been see,like, Effie was a made, they were poor, sticks was fine ass hell! And sparkle sang his eye is on the sparrow, not Effie at sisters funeral I love remakes when it’s a remake not writing your on version and just naming it sparkle.