I liked this movie for one real reason, and that was the acting. Jeffrey Wright is fantastic, per usual, and the movie got great performances out of everyone involved, including Beyonce. But the movie seemed a little off to me, too.
Adrien Brody plays Leonard Chess, a young man, son of an immigrant worker, who wants to move to a big city and open a club. Eventually, this gives him the idea to start a record label and discover some talent. Among them Muddy Waters (Wright), Chuck Berry (Mos Def), and Etta James (Knowles). A few drinks, pills and Payolas later, Chess Records met the beginning of the end.
The reason it seemed off is for two reasons. One, I know someone who worked at Chess and said the movie is about 30% correct (20% of it being that these people actually existed). The other reason is that it moved way too fast for its own good. But the performances make up for it, at least a little.
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