Monday, January 15, 2007

Movie Review: Tina Turner Live In Amsterdam 3 Stars

I hope that when I’m 63, I’ll be in half-as-good-shape as Tina Turner.

Tina still rocks like she’s 25. And those legs. Good God, y’all. Tina Turner Live In Amsterdam captures the singer in all of her soul glory, performing her greatest hits from the last three-and-a-half decades to a throng of 150,000 adoring European fans.

Award-winning director, David Mallett seized the excitement of a powerhouse Tina Turner performance. Every nuance, every dynamic high-and-low is captured vividly by Mallett’s impressive team of camera operators who shot for three nights at the Amsterdam Arena during the European leg of Turner’s “Wildest Dreams” tour. The masterful editing brings to the screen the energy of a live stadium show and Turner’s show is the reason for giant stadium shows.

Turner’s powerfully-plaintive voice brought the house down with what’s become her signature song, “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” Other standouts include her cover of John Waite’s “Missing You,” the classic “Undercover Agent For The Blues,” and the gorgeous “Better Be Good To Me.” Rounding out this nearly two hour set of Tina’s standards are several songs from her 1996 release as well as fifteen other outstanding tracks.

The song that was Ike and Tina’s signature, “Proud Mary” takes on a poignant exuberance as Tina performs it solo, backed by an outstanding band and three beautiful young dancers (who barely keep pace with the elderly Turner’s nice-and-easy sashaying, much less the nice-and-rough part.)

Tina Turner Live In Amsterdam stands a testament to Turner’s longevity, her life and career as represented by this set of songs as it is in the What’s Love Got To Do With It biopic.

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