Mom and I went to see Cadillac Records today. This movie is based on the true story of the rise and fall of Chess Records and the launch of the careers of great blues and rock ‘n roll legends Muddy Waters, Etta James, Chuck Barry, and Little Walter and writer Willie Dixon.
The cast is amazing – Adrien Brody as Leonard Chess, Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters, Beyonce Knowles as Etta James, Dante “Mos Def” Smith as Chuck Berry, Columbus Short as Little Walter, and Cedric The Entertainer as Willie Dixon. The music was incredible — great blues classics that brought out chills and tears as it reached down deep into my soul…. Beyonce excelled in the role of Etta James – she is beautiful, an exceptional singer, and an accomplished actress – she expressed every emotion with impeccable skill…I have enjoyed her in every film I’ve seen her in and this was, by far, her best job and most intense role.
The story took us through the efforts of Leonard Chess as he went from an immigrant’s son working as a junk dealer, to his dream of being a club owner, and finally to his start of Chess Records. Chess partnered with Muddy Waters to start up the recording company and launch the careers of Waters and others. The story also chronicles the lives and struggles of those that took their place in music history through their association with Chess Records – the successes, the failures, the addictions, the relationships, and…..the cadillacs!!!
Mom and I both thoroughly enjoyed this movie – the music, the story, the acting, everything – very well done and extremely entertaining! A definite “A” rating on this one — double thumbs up — if you like classic blues and early rock ‘n roll, you should see this film!
Before the movie, we went to Cafe 121 and had Classic Bacon sandwiches – bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and cheese (on Mom’s, not mine) on wheatberry bread — YUM!!! Since we were going to the movies, I didn’t get my favorite caramel apple cider drink to take with us and didn’t have the chance to turn Mom onto it — but, I will get some before she leaves to go back home!!!
We came home after the movie, relaxed a while, had dinner, and opened our Christmas gifts! Tomorrow (Christmas), we plan to have a holiday breakfast, go see a movie (we are trying to decide between “Marley and Me” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), and come home to make a lovely ham dinner together! What a great Christmas Eve and Christmas Day we are having…….