'Respect' Trailer Breakdown: A Legend is Born

MGM has released the first full-length trailer for "Respect" and it centers around Aretha Franklin's journey to becoming an icon.

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Respect Trailer Breakdown

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Respect Poster




August 13, 2021

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Unless you've lived under a rock for most of your life, you've definitely heard of singer and civil rights activist Aretha Franklin. You may not know too much about her, but her road to the top wasn't what we would call an easy one. She was always talented even as a young girl, but her earlier years of music were not as favored as most people might expect. In MGM's new trailer for her upcoming biopic "Respect," we see a glimpse of Aretha Franklin's road to success. From her humble beginnings to her rise to stardom. Here's our breakdown.

'Respect': Trailer Breakdown

The making of a star doesn't happen overnight. It takes the right voice and the right song. Many people in the industry might have a beautiful voice. That's nothing special. The hard part is creating a song that comes from your heart and that other people can relate to in a meaningful way. The trailer kicks off with a young Aretha Franklin singing with her mother. And her mother teaches her a very valuable lesson. Just because someone wants you to sing, doesn't mean you should. What's important is that you are treated with dignity and respect. Those words never rang truer than for the "Queen of Soul" herself, Aretha Franklin.

Flash forward years later to Franklin struggling to produce a hit song after already creating four albums. Then she's given some long-overdue advice. Find the songs that move you. Then, the trailer cuts to her testing out a rough draft of her iconic modified version of Otis Redding's song "Respect." Immediately after, she's in the studio spelling out the song for everyone, and her expedition to greatness begins. With fame and fortune comes judgement and other people's opinions. But the miracle that is Aretha Franklin is coming to life on the big screen, and it's about time for her origin story to be told. Make sure to check out Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in the full trailer below.

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Jesse Conner

Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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