If you love hearing the words “Y’all,” “Praise be to the Lord,” and “God loves us” over and over and over again accompanied with loads of gospel music, then JOYFUL NOISE will be right up your alley. However, if you’re at all like me then this movie is probably not quite up your alley… and that’s coming from a girl who spent the better part of 12 years at Catholic school.
I wish I could say that this film would be enjoyable to the right demographic, but I really just think that there is no saving this film for anyone. The screenplay is pretty terrible, the story jumps all over the place and the dialogue is cheesy as hell. All of these things might be overlooked if the actors were able to actually act, but alas, everyone was mostly awful with no one quite being nearly as bad as Jeremy Jordan. I have no doubt that everyone in this film is talented when it comes to music, but that’s where their talents lie and should stay… far away from the big screen.
Oh, and Dolly Parton looks freakishly like a ventriloquist doll in this film. It’s terrifying.
Inspiration of Joyful Noise: Todd Graff discusses how his parents used to be in a church choir and so Graff thought it would be a nifty idea to use his childhood experiences to create a film honouring those memories. The cast and crew then talk about the script and working on the film and bringing it all together.
Make Some Noise: Basically a behind-the-scenes featurette talking about what went on with the filming. The cast and crew talk about their characters and what it was like for them to work with one another. Yadda yadda yadda.
Leading Ladies: This is another feature that’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s all about Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton and how they came to be on the film and what it was like for the two singers/actresses to meet each other for the first time and work together.
”He’s Everything” Live: Exactly what it sounds like. A live version of the song from the film performed at an actual gospel choir competition in LA.
Extended songs: Yet another feature that is completely self-explanatory. If you liked the songs in the movie, these are the full-length songs that you can check out.
Deleted Scene: Let’s take a moment to note the singular tense of the feature. It’s one additional scene from the movie. It’s one additional scene that really doesn’t need to be part of the special features and definitely didn’t need to be a part of the movie.