Aretha Franklin finally has the star-studded biopic she deserves, and you can watch it from the comfort of your own home. Respect is now available to rent on video-on-demand for $19.99, just 14 days after its theatrical release.
Directed by Liesl Tommy, Respect stars Academy Award-winning actor Jennifer Hudson as the iconic Queen of Soul herself. Featuring a screenplay by Tracey Scott Wilson, the film tracks Franklin’s journey from being a young girl singing in her father’s church choir to becoming a musical sensation and playing a pivotal role in the civil rights movement.
Hudson fans can also look forward to seeing the multi-hyphenate perform multiple hit Franklin songs on the film’s expansive soundtrack.
According to the film’s critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes, “This standard-issue biopic falls shy of its subject’s transcendent brilliance, but Jennifer Hudson’s starring performance absolutely commands Respect.”
When it premiered on August 13, Respect was only available to watch in theaters, with no word on when it would be available to buy or rent on video-on-demand. Despite being a major release, Tommy’s film ultimately arrived on VOD even sooner than Wrath of Man (another United Artists release, which hit digital three weeks after the film opened in theaters).
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