Whitney Houston was a jewel of the music world during her tumultuous life, and most of the troubles that she faced were up for public consumption. Angela Bassett’s biopic, made for Lifetime, shows a slice of her life. Following Houston’s life from when she met Bobby Brown, the film doesn’t pull any punches about their drug use or their codependent relationship that led to so many problems. Made without the approval of Houston’s family or access to her recordings, the film may not be the most honest retelling of the singer’s life, but it links well-known events in the lives of Brown and Houston. While Deborah Cox’s vocals and Yaya DaCosta’s performance provide an accurate portrayal of Houston’s signature persona on stage, she is far from the hero of this story. And the ending leaves much to be desired, choosing to fade off before getting into the tragic decline that led to her eventual death. Lionsgate Home Entertainment (lionsgate.com). —Bradley Donalson
Bradley Donalson is a frequent contributor to OutSmart magazine.
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