Lifetime’s Aaliyah Movie Does Not Make it Back in One Piece

By Andréa Butler

Like the rest of y’all, we were watching Lifetime’s new biopic, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B last night. We were hoping for some serious slayage, but it turns out, our hopes were too high. For real, though, a big-screen film with a much bigger budget, not to mention family approval and collaboration, would have been worth the wait.

No shade, just real.

There were a couple of good things:

1. Alexandra Shipp’s Aaliyah look was on point. 

2. It ended well — they chose to show a happy Aaliyah heading off to film her final music video for “Rock the Boat,” rather than closing with the crash, which they most definitely would have messed up. Also good about the ending? The movie was over.

Our major issue with the movie? The overall casting. Were they serious with this Missy and this Tim? Like, for real for real? Also, Alexandra’s covers of Aaliyah’s songs weren’t that great, and there was so much of her life that seemed skipped over and rushed. 

Here’s what the Twitterverse had to say:


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