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Thursday, 11 November 2010
After witnessing her rich gangster lover (Harvey Keitel) kill a man (Max Grodenchik), singer Deloris (Whoopi Goldberg) is placed in a Convent by Witness Protection, where she struggles to fit in and live an appropriate lifestyle, while Vince puts out a $250k reward for her being found. Deloris, however, fully utilises her talent and transforms the struggling choir into an outstanding ensemble of singers and leads them out to hep and preach on the streets, making the struggling church famous and popular.
A hugely entertaining and very well-made film, Sister Act is filled with excellent verbal gags, brought to hilarious life by excellent comic timing, delivery and expression from the entire cast. The hymns/songs are made so catchy and are so well delivered that one just feels the need to start clapping and singing along, and it is clear that vast amounts of rehearsal and effort went into creating those superb scenes.
In spite of this, however, the film is carried by its stars. Goldberg makes Deloris loud, brash and altogether scene-stealing thanks to excellent comic timing and delivery. Maggie Smith is firm, frank and unafraid to make herself/her views heard as the Supreme Nun. And - as he did later on in Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Pulp Fiction (1994) - Keitel creates such a cold, ruthless and bone-chilling gangster. Add a top-notch supporting cast (that includes Bill Nunn, Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena, Mary Wickes, Joseph Maher, Robert Miranda, Richard Portnow, Guy Boyd, Jim Beaver and Rose Parenti) and you have some truly wonderful entertainment and a well-created and well-scripted film on your hands that you will simply fall in love with.
Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel, Bill Nunn, Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena, Mary Wickes, Joseph Maher, Robert Miranda, Richard Portnow, Guy Boyd, Jim Beaver, Rose Parenti.
Golden Globe nominations: Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical, Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical (Whoopi Goldberg).