Fame and celebrity is not all that it is cracked up to be. Behind the glossy photos and the gold-plated awards is a life that can sometimes be difficult.
The Tina Turner biopic, What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993), begins with the future superstar, then known as Anna Mae Bullock, as a young girl in the American South. The film then picks with Anna Mae as a young woman. Meeting Ike Turner, she will change her name and become one of the most iconic performers of her generation. While Anna, now Tina is a global megastar, she also is being abused by her husband. Finally taking matters in her own hands, Tina decides to leave her husband and the band that made her a star. But the fight to maintain her career has only begun.
Starring Angela Bassett as Tina Turner and Laurence Fishbourne as Ike Turner, this film is not only a reminder of the fact that not all that glitters is gold, but we can also fight against what is holding us back.
What I like about this film is that is not cheesy or schmaltzy. Nor does it go on forever. Based on a book written by Tina Turner and Kurt Loder, the film is one of the better biopics that I have seen.
Do I recommend it? Yes.