NINA (M)

Herald Sun - - HIT TV -

This biopic of trail­blaz­ing African-Amer­i­can singer Nina Si­mone drew a lot of heat upon its re­lease in cine­mas last year. Pri­mar­ily be­cause it was felt lead ac­tress Zoe Sal­dana ( Guardians Of the Gal­axy) bore lit­tle or no re­sem­blance to the iconic fig­ure she was play­ing. Sal­dana ac­tu­ally does quite a good job in the lead role, em­phat­i­cally chan­nelling Si­mone’s fiery per­son­al­ity and un­wa­ver­ing con­vic­tion to do things her way. What does slightly dis­ap­point is the film’s fo­cus on the sub­ject’s twi­light years, while Si­mone’s mu­si­cal prime (a pe­riod in which she also be­came an out­spo­ken civil rights ac­tivist) keeps get­ting just bitsy flash­backs.

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