Well Whitney Houston is a singer right, so this week’s Music (uhhmmm Movie) Monday I wanted to give my thoughts on the Lifetime TV biopic, Whitney. As a little girl I was a fan of Whitney’s music and I’ve always loved Whitney’s relationship with Bobby Brown.
The story is infamous, Whitney & Bobby met at the Grammy’s. I thought it was cool to see how their love evolved. They were together for the early part of both of their solo careers (as we know Bobby was a part of the R&B group New Edition before going solo). Whitney became a Bobby fan after watching him perform “Every Little Step” at the award show and after hearing that, bad boy Bobby took the chance to ask Princess Whitney out. Well at least that’s how the public likes to view them.
Now since Whitney was a Jersey girl, I had no doubt of her being a down to earth sista. You can tell from all the people who loved her she brought a certain energy to the world that will greatly be missed. The movie showed her as the life of the party, dabbling in drugs prior to getting together with Bobby. She actually was the one who wanted a more fun and casual relationship while he was deep in love with her. Their passion for each other was displayed through intimate sex scenes. They loved hard.
Whitney & Bobby also partied hard. Through the good times and bad times they turned to alcohol and drugs to mask their troubles. The movie somehow made Bobby out to be the one who didn’t partake in aggressive drugging. I swear Bobby played a part in writing this story. I mean yeah the movie was about her but we all know Bobby was no saint.
So much so, Cissy Houston, Whitney’s mother was not a fan of their marriage. The scene where Whitney announced to her family that they were engaged, she had the nerve to steal her joy and say “I hope it’s not to Bobby Brown”. She went on saying “You can take the boy out of the ghetto but not the ghetto out of the boy”. Even during the distress she saw her daughter going through after her miscarriage she dug deeper saying maybe it was sign for her to rethink things about her relationship with Bobby. Talk about the fun police.
Whitney was on top of her game having the top selling movie and soundtrack for The Bodyguard. Yet still Bobby tried to be the supportive husband and tour with her to promote the project and take care of both her and their newborn daughter Bobbi Kristina. The stress of writer’s block and living in the shadow of the renowned Whitney Houston, Bobby began to drink more which of course led to more drug use for both of them. Infidelity in the marriage occurred and what better way for them to cope was than to do more drugs.
The Whitney movie kept me entertained (definitely way more than that other Lifetime biopic that shall remain nameless). The costumes were on point, reminding us fans of key moments in their lives together from the performances to the wedding. And I have to mention how Deborah Cox sang the hell out of those Whitney covers! The casting was on point too, Yaya Decosta (of America’s Next Top Model & All My Children fame – yes I had to throw that out there because if you know me you’d know I was a true AMC addict!!) did her thang as Whitney and the person who played Clive Davis, her mentor, looked just like him. The only thing that threw me off a bit was Bobby Brown. I’m just saying he should have been a little more brown in that Bobby! Oh and where’s the gap in his tooth? #JustSayin
Overall the Whitney biopic was handle great and I was yearning for more. Like my fellow blogger and BLM Girl Whiney ‘Nic” James posted on Twitter, they should have made this into a 2 night series like ABC did for the Jackson’s. We were left hanging for more but I guess that was their way of having respect for Whitney and not showing the actual downfall of the beloved star. Granted it should have been called the Whitney & Bobby story but like I said earlier they both played a major part in each of their careers so it’s pretty hard to talk about one without the other.
Did you catch Lifetime TV’s Whitney biopic? Let me know your thoughts on the movie.