A Beautiful Soul
A Beautiful Soul
R & B superstar Andre Stephens (Deitrick Haddon) is on top of the world. He has success, fame and fortune but spiritually he has lost his way. However, his "perfect" world is shattered when his entourage is brutally attacked, leaving Andre and his best friend Chris Johnson (Robert Ri'chard) clinging to life. As his very existence hangs in the balance, Andre goes on a spiritual journey in a place that is neither on Earth nor in Heaven where he is given an opportunity to reevaluate his life, his faith and discover a beautiful soul.
May 25, 2023 at 05:10 PM
BE CAREFUL HOW YOU ENTERTAIN STRANGERS
Dre (Deitrick Haddon) is an entertainer who looks and sounds like a low budget "Prince." In this film he is also a player and goes to church on a lost bet to his childhood friend Chris Scott (Robert Ri'chard) who is part of his entourage. While at church he tries to pick up Ariel (Lanisha Cole) and ends up disgusted as this mega-church only reinforces the negative stereotypes.
Once some of the characters are established, Dre gets robbed by his own security people and shot. During this time he has an out of body "Christmas Carol" type of experience which leads us to the expected ending.
African-American spirituals are not on my favorite film list. If they are on yours, you might rate this one 4-5 stars. The acting was forced and didn't seem natural, perhaps because of the water downed dialouge. The music was good, what little there was, with Dre lip syncing. He could kiss a member of the audience and not miss a note. There is also the unbelievable aspect...who carries $50,000 in cash to pay an artist? My biggest criticism of the film is that it endorses the mega-church idea, same as the film "Brother White." If you like mega-churches (and I don't) then these films are for you.