And if you like going to church for the drama of the choir, the songs and entertainment, then this movie is for you!
The place: a Georgia town, deep in poverty. The characters: the Pacashau Sacred Divinity Choir. The occasion: Just as the choir leader dies of a heart attack, the annual gospel choir competition is approaching. Two strong women are in competition for the job of choir director. Vi Rose Hill (Queen Latifah) and G.G. Sparrow (Dolly Parton). Pastor Dale (Courtney B. Vance) gives Vi Rose the position, although G.G. is the widow of the former director and believes she should have inherited the honor.
The choir is not a large choir, but small (most of them pictured here above), with most of its members looking typecast. It’s a small church, but has plenty of empty seats during services. (Cutting corners on extras?) It is completely racially integrated, which I believe is not that common even in modern Georgia. The film has almost no specifically spiritual content; the purpose of the choir is not to praise God but to win contests.
The music in this film is partly secular but inspiring.
I thought the movie was okay, Queen Latifah’s role was strong but looking at Dolly Parton made my eyes hurt., she looked plastic from the chin up.
“Joyful Noise,” is a squeaky-clean pop-gospel fairy tale with a happy ending., which I thought was a bit unrealistic. If you decide to see it, you be the judge.