by | –theGrio.com
Last night, just weeks shy of the three-year anniversary of Whitney Houston’s death, Lifetime Network aired the highly anticipated biopic that attempted to illustrate a very tumultuous period in the iconic singer’s life.
I have to admit, although the network had just released the poorly executed Aaliyah biopic, I had reasons for high hopes regarding this film. This made-for-TV production was directed by Angela Bassett — a black female actress and friend of Houston. Unlike the Aaliyah biopic, this production had rights to some of Whitney’s hit songs. However, after seeing the biopic, my opinions on the film are mixed.
The film could have easily been called Whitney and Bobby. Yaya DaCosta, of America’s Next Top Model, portrayed Houston, and Arlen Escarpeta played her less-polished husband, Bobby Brown. The film focused on roughly a five-year span of her career and the years in which she and Brown fell in love.
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