Her voice would not be silenced.
The Federal Bureau of Narcotics launches an undercover sting operation against jazz singer Billie Holiday.
The Federal Bureau of Narcotics launches an undercover sting operation against jazz singer Billie Holiday.
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United States vs Billie Holiday
Andra Day’s genuinely amazing performance as Billie Holiday cannot save this film from Lee Daniels’ rote and pedestrian filmmaking. With the exception of a single scene, this movie has all the tropes of a biopic and none of the pleasures, from a ridiculous, on-the-nose script (my favorite is an FBI agent saying “They say her song is the curtain call for the so-called ‘civil rights movement’”) to narrative that moves us from plot point to plot point without any attempt to connect them Holiday’s life and experiences.
Billie Holiday deserves a better movie, and Andra Day deserves a better showcase for her talent.
completely disjointed, starting with the script and only getting worse from there. the only highlight is andra day who manages to shine like a beacon of light through this murky mess of a film. i thought people were exaggerating, but no, this is rough
If I have to sit through one more overlong, boring awards season bait biopic I think I might lose my mind
The United States vs. Billie Holiday is a disappointment. It's obvious that director Lee Daniels intentions are good and the story at hand is trying its best to tell an important piece of black history, but we breeze through so much of Billie's life, that we never actually get a moment to digest what we're seeing. Despite Andra Day, in her debut feature, giving an incredible performance, effortlessly cultivating the hunger that drove Holiday, and portraying the icon with efficiency and elegance, the story never fully delves into her life, instead opting to focus more on her drug addiction than her as a person, leaving me rather unamused once it reaches its conclusion.
While a good portion still sticks to…
The fucking nerve to release this pathetic half ass piece of shit at the end of black history month. Some will think this is ok, but not me. This movie can kiss the phat end of my black ass.
The disgusting misguided failure to show the intersection between black trauma, drug addiction, ones expression of their oppression, and white supremacy makes me so mad. Instead, we have an overly visually styled movie to overcompensate for the lack of empathy and depth that is missing for Billie’s character. The way black femininity and the expression of a black woman is portrayed compared to the black masculinity we see is so damn counter productive.
Fuck Lee Daniels. He does nothing besides over…
Not even Andra Day could save this film. Whom I might add gave a wonderful performance, especially considering that this was her first role.
I feel like this film offered me nothing to hold onto. Nothing felt memorable other than the exact moment of what was happening on screen. This film in no way showed the multifaceted aspect of life. This failed to make us empathize with Billie Holiday (at least imo). It just showed us her character traits and showed her being a drug addict. I would have loved for them to dig deeper into her past and really give breathe to those experiences. This offered nothing that I could not go and research myself.…
A feverish and fitfully compelling biopic that spreads over the last decade of Lady Day’s life, Lee Daniels’ “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” frames the government’s war on the smoky-voiced jazz singer as a portrait of two bad romances told in parallel: one, a forbidden spark between an African-American icon and the undercover fed who may have fallen for her, and the other an unrequited love story between them both (and the country that refuses to love either of them back). In a way that won’t surprise anyone familiar with the director’s ever-florid work, the acute geometry of that premise is expressed through — and often betrayed by — the general shapelessness of a hot-house melodrama that embraces its…
although andra day’s first lead role is a stunning performance, this is overall a wasted potential of a film; merely a cheapened experience and a poorly edited mess supported by a paper-thin emotional drama.
Despite its fairly basic plot structure and overused storyline, The United States vs. Billie Holiday wasn’t nearly as bad as I was lead to believe it was. There is a properly developed character here that you are able to follow and care about, and Andra Day plays her with precision, depth, and amiability. It isn’t a shallow or half-baked role because she’s perpetually doing a lot - singing, crying, wearing colorfully flashy outfits, performing, breaking down - that leads the viewer to believe that she is Billie Holiday. This could be on account of the fact that this is Andra Day’s breakthrough performance, but it is clear to see that she shines here. While it may not be boring or…
THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY is another miss from director Lee Daniels. This one comes close to greatness at times, mostly due to the vibrant costumes & production design and Andra Day’s fiery & soulful performance but its parts don’t add up to a satisfying whole.
The one and only problem I have with this movie, (and it’s a deal breaking problem) is that instead of telling the story of one certain aspect of Billie Holiday’s life, this is the spark notes version of her entire life.
Because of that, there is no intimacy, and it completely lacks the delicate storytelling that this film desperately needs. Andra Day really is amazing in her role, but what she had to work with is so sporadic and detached that isn’t never really feels like a coherent story. Definitely a missed opportunity.
Like 2019’s award winning Judy, The United States vs. Billie Holiday plays like a Made For TV melodrama elevated to undeserving heights by a commanding central performance.
The primary difference—Renée Zellweger was a veritable veteran when she helmed that picture, whereas this is Andra Day’s first role with any meat on its bones.
And it is a truly impressive performance Day that puts in here, dominating this sloppily directed film. That said, given her roots are primarily in music, I’m now genuinely curious to see if she’s capable of transcending this comfort zone, or if she’ll turn out being a one-hit wonder.
Here’s to hoping for the former.
Despite a bravura performance by Andra Day, this is an extremely objectionable film, with many scenes that seem awkward and poorly directed and performed. Leslie Jordan's gossip columnist is an embarrassment to behold. Billie's support team are unlikable and the character of Louis McKay is despicable. The only time things seem to be alright are when Billie is in front of a microphone. The musical numbers excel, although I resented having to wait almost an hour and 45 minutes for her rendition of "God Bless the Child". Andra Day received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, but lost out to Frances McDormand. Directed by Lee Daniels, who has done far better than this disappointing film.
Just a bit meh
my parents chose this over minari. very disappointing mum and dad
A tedious and frankly frustrating biopic grounded almost solely from an exceptional lead performance by Audra Day. The film seems actively confused about what it wants to be and what story it seeks to tell, and the resulting product is incredibly unfocused and outright emotionally inert. Flatly developed characters and a plot that fails to truly unravel the titular lead -- arguably, the OTHER eponymous lead ("The United States...") is barely a sufficient focus, either. Some of the music scenes are empowering but past that it goes down with a whimper instead of an explosive bang.
One Great Thing: Audra Day's performance during the music sequences is electric and she grounds the film all throughout; her sheer command and screen presence during the most empowering moments showing a raw, underutilised starpower.
anda day’s performance saved this
andra amor vc foi incrível
idk nie jestem jakims wielkim fanem gwiazdowania ludzi
a tak to standardowy film typu walka z niezbyt madrymi ludzmi o proste sprawy
Racism was only one of the evils Billie Holiday faced in her short life. This movie makes it quite apparent she also faced domestic violence, which she seemed to think was normal, and heroin addiction. All is explained except how she got into singing which I guess no one feels the need to explain positive items. This film focuses, sort of, on Holiday's determination to sing the song Strange Fruit causing the FBI to pursue her relentlessly for drug possession. The title made me think there would be more of a court room battle but no, not really. The actress playing Holiday is gritty and talented, being both elegant on stage and painfully showing the bad points. I think Billie Holiday had one of the most unique, mood-setting voices ever and deserved a better movie than this.
“Debutant Andra Day mostly saves the United States vs. Billie Holiday from being a total disaster. Anguished performance by Day is the headline and the best part of this sad movie.”
For those who don’t know who Billie Holiday was, I believe Hulu’s the United States vs Billie Holiday is the perfect and the only film out there that can help you know about the late African American singer. Based on a novel that follows Holiday’s career, her being targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics, and her relationship with undercover agent Jimmy Fletcher. The film stars Andra Day in her debutant as an actress, and boy it was one of the greatest debut performances of all time. There is…
Amazing topic and what a way to capture her struggles but not much else stands out
Despite the title, the FBI's incessant persecution and harassment of legendary singer, Billie Holiday, as a result of her defiant stand regarding the performance of Strange Fruit, a song about the lynching of African-Americans which they believe to be inflammatory and a galvanizing call to arms at the time, is more of an underlying presence in Lee Daniels' film (Oscar-nominated writer-director for 2009's Precious) though their underhanded dealings are only one of a number of interconnected factors that contributed to her troubles. Similar to last year's Judy, this is a story of an iconic singer who, between her drug addiction and the company of woefully untrustworthy men that she chooses to keep, leads a tumultuous personal life backstage, resulting in…
Não é nem de longe ruim como estão dizendo por aí.
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