CLAY'S COMING SOON:
COMING TO THEATERS:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018
An intimate look into the life of icon Quincy Jones. A unique force in music and popular culture for 70 years, Jones has transcended racial and cultural boundaries; his story is inextricably woven into the fabric of America.
Quincy is an unapologetically partisan insider's portrait. The material is rich and the cast list starry, but the overall package veers a little too close to gushing vanity project in places. Just unveiled at the Toronto International Film Festival, this Netflix-bound production is set to premiere Sept. 21 on the streaming service.
From his traumatic Chicago boyhood scarred by poverty, racism and mental illness to his world-shaking collaborations with Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson and more, Quincy has certainly led a cinematically broad life.
Having almost died from two brain aneurysms in 1974, Quincy was hospitalized more recently with a diabetic coma and blood clot. He remains infectiously bullish about his rude health, but questions about his mortality inevitably hover just out of shot.
There is a dazzling arsenal of celebrity firepower here, but mainly as fly-on-the-wall cameos, with too few pressed into speaking on camera. In interview terms, Quincy himself is the main composer, arranger and soloist. His ex-wife (and Rashida's mother) Peggy Lipton also shares some memories, but never appears onscreen, only in archive footage.
Sprawling beyond the two-hour mark, Quincy would benefit from a sharper edit and tighter structure. It ultimately feels like an extended love letter from a famous daughter to her super-famous dad. The sentiment is sweet enough, but a few more messy, gossipy, off-key notes might have given this overly sunny symphony more jazzy depth.
FROM: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
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