The Music Lifted “Joyful Noise” Higher Than the Storyline
Written by T.M. Gaouette | November 8, 2012
Ladies, I watched Joyful Noise the other night. It’s a faith-filled movie, and for the most part, I did enjoy it.
There were some instances, however, that I found concerning. While the relationship between the teens Olivia (Keke Palmer) and Randy (Jeremy Jordan) seemed innocent enough, there were situations that were too sexual for my liking. And I didn’t like how they both disrespected Olivia’s mother, Vi Rose. There also were other elements in the movie that I felt sent mixed messages regarding immodesty. But I did love the music!
Joyful Noise stars both Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah, and naturally their characters clash–at one point they have a hilarious food fight scene. But what they both do well is sing. And with their veteran voices, partnered with the fresh sounds of Palmer and Jordan, the music in this movie was fantastic!
Two songs in particular lifted my spirits. The others were great too, but these songs made me wish I could sing! So I thought I’d spread the joy and share them with you.
SPOILER ALERT: These two clips are from the end of the movie. If you’re planning on watching it, you may not want to see them. They don’t give away the story, but they do reveal how the movie ends.
The first song is “That’s the Way God Planned It,” performed by Ivan Kelley.
The next song is the “Higher” medley. Before you watch it, let me explain that it begins with the choir singing their intended song, “Not Enough,” but when Vi Rose (Latifah) sees that the audience is not responding enthusiastically, she switches to the medley. I hope you enjoy it!
What I loved most about the songs in this movie (and specifically the medley above) is that songs by artists like Usher and Chris Brown were used, but with Christian lyrics. And that just goes to show that Christian music can be hip and cool and still glorify God.
Despite some of the concerning elements in the movie, Joyful Noise received 5 Doves and a recommendation for ages 12 and older from the Dove Foundation. If you’re unfamiliar with the Dove Foundation, it’s a great resource for movie reviews–they base their ratings on what they consider family-friendly movies.
Ladies, which Christian movie do you feel has both a great moral storyline and uplifting soundtrack?
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