I just have seen the movie and I also have read a lot of debates around it. In my opinion, all that "Zoe is not black enough"seems unbelievable - so many actors are using make-up and prosthetics when playing biopics and none was creating such debate. Due to this movie I discovered Nina Simone I honestly was not familiar with her music before , I watched a lot of Nina's songs after the movie, and appreciated a lot her music . I also liked a lot how Zoe interpreted the song "Black is the color" minute 35 of the movie - I have seen all youtube versions interpreted by <more>
various artists but Zoe's is the best in my opinion. Yes, Zoe performed, it's mentioned ... I am sorry that this well done biopic was transformed in a political debate...art should be above this.
Because, many were personally involved in Miss Simone's life, it is easy to understand their annoyance; however, as a person that appreciates Miss Simone's music, I put her on her own pedestal but; I must, in the other hand, contemplate, in total impartiality of judgment, Miss Zaldana's performance, her singing was extraordinary and deserves to be valued independently. There is no comparison possible, for they are both different performers, and as such, must be valued separately. Perhaps, in relation to the portrayal of the character, there were marked unsubstantiated facts, this <more>
belongs to the screenwriters and playwrights or whoever. One must be fair and judge the acting and the singing of the artists.
A very touching presentation on the last eight years of Nina Simone's creative but turbulent life. We learn about her past through a few flashbacks and her dialog. Zoe Saldana gives a fine interpretation of Nina Simone the person and her climb into a successful popular singer and slow frustrating slide back into near obscurity.Everything in this movie may not be exactly true but then the movie doesn't tell us everything about Nina Simone's past either.Director/writer: Cynthia Mort wants to show us Nina as a creative spirit caught in a black woman's body at a time when being <more>
black, female, talented, and beautiful may have opened a few doors but the struggle to bring beauty and soul freely into this society was full of road blocks, speed bumps, and potholes. Zoe Saldana being beautiful herself brings a touching and emotional Nina to life.Nina struggled with substance abuse problems and spells of mental illness. Her need to sing is brought to the surface here and Zoe becomes Nina and the spirit of Nina shines. This is a fine and wonderful film.
If you love/loved Nina, you will want to see this movie. (by bkohl-43916)
Contrary to the last review, this movie was terrific! It showed Miss Simone's difficulties in life without excusing them, moving back and forth to explain why she was behaving a certain way. It showed the history of how she got to those feelings and actions. And then it showed her glory, which was her music. Miss Saldana was incredibly brave to take on the music of an icon. And, she did quite well. Her emotions while singing and the way she used her voice were wonderful. Anyone knowing this music would understand why she performed this way. Taking on the life of a legend is very <more>
difficult, but this crew did a great job. Kudos to all!
Not perfect, but not horrible either. (by cinephile-27690)
Nina, a 2016 biopic on African American singer Nina Simone and her struggle with alcoholism, first caught my attention when I saw the review on Roger. The critic who wrote the review was Odie Henderson, who is African American as well. Odie gave the movie a whooping ZERO stars, writing:"Nina" is as offensive and insulting as you've heard. Even worse, it spits on the legacy of one of the most important African-American performer-activists in American music history....Do not pay to see this! Nina Simone deserves better."What could be offensive about this movie you may ask? <more>
There's a few reasons, but the major one is the casting of Zoe Saldana as Nina practically using black face to play the part. I read somewhere that Lupita Nyong'o of 12 Years A Slave would have been a better fit, which I can understand, but Saldana does a nice job playing the part anyways.I mentioned that African Americans have bashed this movie due to what Simone means to them. I admittedly knew little about her before seeing the film, but I looked up one of her songs, particularity Mississippi Go**amn- which was very political and controversial for it's use of Mississippi. I'm kidding, but you get my point. It's understandable that Zoe wasn't the best casing choice, and she didn't do top notch work like it wouldn't have earned an Oscar, but it's not a terrible performance either ,but she did a fine job in her part.I do have minor complaints as well, the movie looked like it was made for TV, the camera shots jump when there is a next scene instead of black screens-which was a little tedious, and at 90 minutes this film was too short, and could have benefited from another 15-30 minutes of details or other events.But when it comes to the acting, interesting plot, cinematography the look, not the cuts , and other major aspects, Nina succeeds. Nina never fails to entertain, and while the facts may not be 100% accurate, the overall story of her life is very compelling, and worthy of my 9/10.I know I had more paragraphs on the flaws, which may contradict my high score, but there is so much good that it outweighs the bad. Nina is not a masterpiece, but it's also not as bad as others have made it out to be.All in all, Nina is an entertaining, informative, and well-spent hour and a half. It's worth judging for yourself.
Zoe did Excellent - Critics Too Harsh (by grandevas)
Zoe Saldana did an excellent job, she did capture Nina's essence. Perhaps the story is fictional, and the nurse bit is quite a liberty, however, Zoe helps to bring Nina to a new generation. Her makeup is appropriate, it is not offensive. She gives a nuanced and fine performance. Sometimes it is nice to see a softer more human side of someone known in many ways as a "Militant Icon." Great job Zoe. We get to see hints of Nina's weakness in her dealings at the hospital and the human effects of having to be a strong presence during her trials and tribulations. For those who call <more>
Zoe's makeup ugly what is ugly about it? I think some of the fictional liberties are fun, I like the romantic soap opera version of Nina, moments of the lighter spirit and times. Nina is beautiful as is Zoe.
All the people who hate on the film are just sheep. They follow other people's opinions and criticism and are completely contradictory to what NIna Simone stands for. If she were alive she would kick your ass for being stupid. The film may not be perfect but the tone of it makes my heart warmer. Adding wonderful music to that and the score you have a wonderful musical combination, 'cause that's what this film was supposed to be about. So go on, hate, that's all you can do.As far as Zoe is concerned, she is one of the most underrated actresses of our generation so it was easy <more>
for her to relate to the whole situation. She did her best knowing she would get attacked randomly for being creative and wanting to portrait a complex woman on so many level. I say thumbs up to Ms Seldana for delivering and presenting a yet another wonderful performance in her career.
Nina delivers, with some awesome music. Did it capture Nina's spirit accurately? I don't know, but this film inspired me, unlike most Hollywood tripe these days. It's a simple script about two people who revere each other in an almost supernatural way, sometimes parent/child, sometimes sibling. This is a movie about spiritual struggle and expression of that struggle through music, and is not suitable for children. But it's honest, and whether or not it was true to Nina Simone's spirit, I don't know. But Zoe Saldana is, perhaps, her own elemental force, with a sense for <more>
rhythm that is genius and gentle and lots of good things. This movie has some stirring music that is never unpleasant to listen to, and, at times, is a bit sparse. Is the movie true, at least, in it's message that our personal salvation is found in how we love one another? More directly, I thought that this movie directed our attention away from racism towards social taboos against relationships that are none of the above.