Director: Cynthia Mort
Stars: Zoe Saldana, David Oyelowo, Kevin Mambo, Mike Epps
Manager Clifton Henderson helps singer and pianist Nina Simone rediscover her love for music.
That is what this movie is really about. It is not a biopic like I thought it was going to be. It is a look toward the end of her life, after she had lost her star and was living in Europe. It was the days when drinking controlled and rules her life. These were not the highlights of her life. If someone was to watch this movie, and they did not know who she was or what she did, they would had a negative image of her in their mind. They would not know about the music she made and the civil rights work that she did. This biopic made her look bad.
The cast was mostly bad. David Oyelowo was really good in his role. He is a solid actor, so there was no worry about how he was going to be in his role. It was Zoe Saldana that was the big problem in this movie. She was the lead starring role, so you would think that she would have been better in the movie, but she was not at all. She acted like she was just plain crazy for the part. She was not at all like a woman that was a star and a bit full of herself. She did the role like a crazy lady off the street.
The performance was more shameful than anything else. What made her think that she could sing these songs? That was the worst part of it all. They just should have used the real music with her lip syncing. That would have made the movie so much better.
This movie was just bad all around. I was hoping that it maybe decent, but it was terrible. It is not worth sitting through at all. If you want to know about Nina Simone, then just watch the documentary on her. It is wonderful. I watched, so you don't have to.
Nina (2016) Trailer