Jennifer Hudson’s angelic voice and powerful acting is coming back to the big screen next weekend with the release of Respect, a biopic about the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Hudson’s last movie was also led by music, but became rather infamous. Remember Tom Hooper’s Cats? The adaptation of the popular Broadway musical horrified audiences, which was especially due to its distasteful CGI cats. Almost two years removed from the universally panned movie, Hudson is sharing her experience as Grizabella, which she says was "emotional and heavy."
Jennifer Hudson had a show-stopping number in the film, as she belted out the musical’s most iconic song “Memory” and became the eerie cat world’s “Jellicle Choice.” The singer and Dreamgirls actress had this to say about her time on Tom Hooper’s movie:
Hudson’s scene is beautifully performed, and she gives it her all as the abandoned kitty who wistfully sings about her past before being banished from the weird cat cult Cats seems to focus on. She absolutely crushes those notes, but we’re also a bit distracted by the oddly placed CGI around her face for the performance. Hudson continued to Empire Magazine:
Jennifer Hudson had some challenges with Grizabella in terms of how outwardly emotional she was in the film (especially while belting out those notes). Relive the memory:
Like I said, Jennifer Hudson was absolutely giving it her all and it’s chill-inducing but, as far as the production design is concerned, there’s no forgiving the Razzie winner. Thankfully, Hudson has a good outlook on it, and no defunct CGI cat character can take away from her incredible talent.
The actress’ next role was blessed by the iconic singer who she is playing, the late Aretha Franklin. Before the Queen of Soul passed away, Hudson met with Franklin and she was chosen to play her in the biopic that would take 14 years to complete. At the time Hudson signed on to play the icon, she had just won her Oscar for Dreamgirls.
Respect hits theaters on August 13 and check out what other movies are coming out this year with CinemaBlend’s 2021 movie release schedule.
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