Opening in theatres this Friday from director Todd Graff and Alcon Entertainment is a noise of a different kind with “Joyful Noise”.

This film tells the story G.G. Sparrow (Dolly Parton) a recent widow whose husband was the choir director in their church. Hoping to be named next, G.G. is surprised when Vi Rose Hill (Queen Latifah) is given the position.

Working with the choir so that they can go a national competition, Vi Rose isn’t willing to update the vibe of the group. Then G.G.’s grandson Randy (Jeremy Jordan) comes to town and after hearing the group believes he can help. He also meets Vi Rose’s daughter Olivia (Keke Palmer) and sparks fly.

Its going to take a heavenly intervention to get Vi Rose and G.G. to come together for the good of the choir – and the town that needs hope and make it to the competition!

FINAL WORD: Parton as the edgy, wise cracking G.G. is cute and fun to see on the screen again. I absolutely loved the fact that her choir robe was nothing like the others. Once again she’s an original and nothing stops her from being that!

Latifah as Vi Rose has played this role before but this time with a chance to share her beautiful singing voice with us. This isn’t the first time she has had to play the no nonsense woman who ends up misunderstood by all.

Jordan as grandson Randy is handsome and does his job at being a troublemaker very well. Playing opposite Palmer as Olivia the two have a nice chemistry. They both have fantastic voices that lend to the story nicely.

The music is wonderful and the story actually flows well. It’s hard to believe that “Joyful Noise” running time is 118 minutes. The audience loved the music and from beginning to end found a lot of humor and charm.

Other cast include: Dexter Darden as Walter Hill, Courtney B. Vance as Pastor Dale, Jessie L. Martin as Marcus Hill, Kirk Franklin as Baylor Sykes, Angela Grovey as Earla, Francis Jue as Mr. Hsu and Kris Kristofferson as Bernard Sparrow.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Joyful Noise” three tubs of popcorn out of five. I was sincerely surprised at how much fun the film was. With the added songs from Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah, it was lovely to hear them sing solos.

Just enjoy the film for what it has to offer and you won’t be disappointed. Parton’s platitudes are catchy and Latifah’s attitude contagious.

In the end – they are singing for something higher than themselves.

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