"Joyful Noise" is feel-good entertainment at its most shameless. Funky gospel numbers, emotional subplots, and family-friendly humor dominate what is essentially "Sister Act II" done right. The primary plot involves two church choir divas, G.G. and Vi Rose (played to perfection by Dolly Parton and Queen Latifa), coming to terms with their family struggles and each other amid preparation for a major show-choir championship. Religious themes permeate the movie without ever becoming defined enough to alienate the average viewer, a shrewd move on the part of the filmmakers.
The musical numbers are impressive and assisted by a slew of talented artists including Keke Palmer and Kirk Franklin. Palmer's performances in "Man in the Mirror" and "Maybe I'm Amazed" are stand-outs. While the plot isn't as captivating as the music, the story is sweet and possesses enough heart to avoid coming off as overly contrived or cynical. The result is a much more sanctifying experience than it should be.
On Blu-ray, "Joyful Noise" comes with a series of short behind the scenes features, including the making of "From Here to the Moon and Back" and the writer's inspiration for creating the film. Fans of the music will appreciate the full-length video versions of various tracks from the movie, along with a live performance of "He's Everything." Unfortunately, these appear to be DVD quality. Like the film, Dolly carries the special features with much of the content being an homage to her unexpected film return.
The film is presented in 1080p 2:4:1 format with options for DTS-HD MA 5.1 English and Dolby Digital 5.1 Spanish audio. Subtitles are presented in English, Spanish, and French.
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