Video Review

Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul (1991)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Movie Rated: Unrated; Genre: Documentary

Aretha Franklin is the right one, baby, uh-huh. If you still need proof, watch her sing in The Queen of Soul, a 60-minute documentary, produced for the BBC and later aired on PBS's ''American Masters'' series. You'll know true passion when you see Franklin, sweat running down her tortured face, moan, ''I ain't never loved a man the way that I love you.'' Her live performances of tunes like ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman'' and ''Dr. Feelgood'' will make you feel the heat, too. The story behind the music couldn't possibly be as compelling — and it isn't, losing steam as it goes along, just as Franklin's career did. But Queen of Soul does show vividly the gospel roots of Franklin's early music, nurtured in her father's Baptist church and liberated by the power of lust. B+

Originally posted Aug 09, 1991 Published in issue #78 Aug 09, 1991 Order article reprints