Reporter's log: Cannes 2008
Back in 2001, soul superstar Mariah Carey had a bit of a funny turn in the wake of
releasing her box office flop Glitter - a film which put the word corny into, erm...
popcorny. "Carey can act after a fashion, though dialogue gives her trouble," noted TV
Guide magazine in the US.|
Well, despite that setback, the singer has ventured back onto the silver screen in a
movie called Tennessee and, with a low-key Cannes premiere last night, there was really
no other option for our evening's entertainment.
Tennessee is a good old-fashioned road movie, where travelling along an actual highway
is a metaphor for making progress along your personal journey of life. Mariah plays a
waitress who - would you believe it? - wants to break into music. She gets picked up by
the film's heroes and accompanies them to Nashville, where they hope to find their
Amazingly, Mariah is the best thing in it. Her understated, downbeat performance is so
natural that pretty soon you stop wondering whether Busta Rhymes will pop up for a guest
rap. And for someone famed as an image-obsessed diva, Carey has no problem playing a
character who dresses down in dowdy clothes with greasy, toussled hair. She even carries
a little extra weight compared to her normal svelte image.
Carey is so good, in fact, that the film feels rather flat when she's off-screen. The
denouement, which is presumably supposed to be a heart-rending tear-jerker, kind of
passed me by. Maybe we wrote Carey's film career off too soon?
by Stephen from London, United Kingdom|
I'm enjoying both of those performances for what they were; great. I don't care about the copy and pasting, if indeed it happened at all, or any dubbing. I'm sure all the celebrities performing did the same thing. It's standard these days. I was just happy to hear some gorgeous runs and Mariah's beautiful tone, which sounded clearer and thicker tha... read more
(Friday 6 December 2013; 14:07)
||Higher notes (40,074)
by David from Australia|
I think the struggle in reaching high notes is the only real criticism I can find in regards to her current vocal abilities. Otherwise, her whistles, low notes and runs are almost flawless. I still don't think her current voice is better than the Rainbow era though. Also, on a random note, I'm curious whether anyone apart from me prefers her Charmb... read more
(Friday 6 December 2013; 10:54)
||Whistle note at the end of AIWFCIY performance (40,073)
by pepemill from uae|
Do you all hear that whistle note at the end of the AIWFCIY Rockefeller performance (official clip), when she sings the last line of "Christmas"? I watched several fan tapings, but this whistle note was absent. Did she do multiple takes of the same song and dubbed them together? Anyway I thought this and JTTW were very solid performances. She soun... read more
(Friday 6 December 2013; 10:22)
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