Spinning Blues Into Lies

Cadillac Records can't handle the truth

Brody and Wright: Leonard and Muddy make blues lite.
Brody and Wright: Leonard and Muddy make blues lite.


Cadillac Records, starring Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Beyoncé Knowles, and Cedric the Entertainer. Written and directed by Darnell Martin. Rated R. 108 minutes.

Fabrications in the name of movie myth-making are, of course, to be expected from a genre that demands condensing lives into a handful of defining episodes; all biopics reduce and trivialize. But so egregious are the deficiencies and distortions here — in this universe, the Rolling Stones came to the United States and the Beach Boys ripped off Chuck Berry long before anyone had ever heard of Elvis Presley — that it's almost impossible to discern whether there's anything decent about the moviemaking itself. With everything so wrong, how can there be anything right about Cadillac Records?

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