If there is one thing that we can be sure of, it’s that Lifetime’s interpretation of Aaliyah’s short dramatic life – Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B will be a pretty bad movie. The project has been swimming in controversy from its inception and now that the finished product is almost upon us, we can’t help but be wary.
After a chaotic casting session, Alexandra Shipp who is known primarily for her work on Nickelodeon bravely stepped up to the plate right after teen sensation Zendaya Coleman wisely rejected the part. We are sure she did the best she could to fulfill the obligations of the role, but the fact that Lifetime is steering this ship spells trouble.
The network has been known for its salacious tales that border on tacky and at times outrageous. They excel at using the memory of dearly departed celebs for financial gain – remember The Brittany Murphy Story?
So it’s no wonder that Aaliyah’s loved ones were not supportive which explains why the trailer utilized the music of Iggy Azalea to get the word out. Weird? We think so. But even worse is the fact that Aaliyah’s world famous tunes are not featured in the film because Lifetime failed to successfully gain access to her catalog of hits. This already guarantees that viewers will be experiencing frequent moments of delirium as they are being subjected to recreations of the real thing. Who wants to watch a film about a fallen star without the original content?
And since we won’t be able to revel in the lyrical substance Aaliyah was hailed for, we will have to contend with the sticky subject of her relationship with R.Kelly. Daytime Queen Wendy Williams who is responsible for this debacle assures us that the gross factor will be kept at a minimum – but based on Lifetime’s track record, we are not buying it. This aspect of Aaliyah’s life has always been a big question mark, and we are expecting that it will be milked for all its worth.
The casting of Missy and Timberland also proves that no attempt was made at some level of authenticity. This is a packaged bomb that will combust once it makes its debut and for those of us who are fans – all we can do it take cover.