The Aaliyah Movie Review, Hit or Miss?
By Aleigha Hamilton
Aggie Press Contributor
The story of a noted young R&B singer, whose life was cut short due to a plane crash, would lay the foundations of a stellar movie.
Was that the case for Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B that premiered Saturday night on Lifetime? Not even close.
Aaliyah’s biopic was disappointing, but that is not entirely the network’s fault.
Lifetime was not granted any rights to use Aaliyah’s music. However, they were allowed to have Alexandra Shipp (who played Aaliyah) perform covers of Aaliyah’s songs, and during the summer, ample controversy arose over the making of this movie.
In short, Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman, who originally was casted to play Aaliyah, dropped out the film. Aaliyah’s family did not approve the making of the film nor did Lifetime ask the family for permission to create this biopic.
With the disapproval of Aaliyah’s family, who also owns the rights to her music, they choose not to grant Lifetime the permission to use her distinct voice in the movie. Read more