Cadillac Records (2008) short review

An ensemble story of Chess records, with Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Etta James, and many more characters intertwining into a reasonably well done, interesting story.  My only complaint is that Beyonce as Etta James has a small part that is given far too much reverence — you can tell that everyone is thinking, “It’s BEYONCE!” (Note: I love Etta James, but Beyonce is given the star treatment when she’s on screen, which doesn’t make sense given how minor her part is).  Nice 1960s costumes!


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.