And the Beat Goes On: The Sonny and Cher Story (1999)
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Based on Sonny Bono's autobiographical book "And the Beat Goes On" this made for TV biopic takes us on a journey through the life of Sonny and Cher taking us from before they met with Sonny trying to make his way in the music industry. We see how they meet and initial success leads to struggles as they ended up playing Vegas before they then made it with their own TV show whilst all the time we are witness to their turbulent marriage which eventually broke down and ended in divorce whilst they were still making the TV show with Cher going on to a successful solo career whilst Sonny ended up going in to politics.
I will lay my cards on the table and tell you that I don't remember when it was Sonny and Cher, of course I have heard of them and heard their music, who hasn't, but my earliest recollections of Cher was as a singer in her own right. As such I will be the first to say that I have no idea how much fact, fiction, tinkering with timeline goes on in this biopic or to be honest how accurate Jay Underwood's portrayal of Sonny Bono is.
But even with the lack of knowledge "And the Beat Goes On: The Sonny and Cher Story" is still an entertaining movie which moves briskly through their career. As I said it takes us from before they met with Sonny trying to make it in the music industry right up to their marriage breaking down whilst they were making their popular TV show which mixed music with comedy and guest appearances. It is because it bubbles along at such a nice pace with effective recreations of the past with great music that it works even for those who don't remember when it was Sonny and Cher.
But for me what makes "And the Beat Goes On: The Sonny and Cher Story" is Renee Faia who is fantastic as Cher or Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre to give her her full name. I might not remember Cher from back then but the way Renee looks, the sarcasm in her voice, the actual tone of voice, everything about Renee's performance is spot on and at times you sort of forget this is an actress we are watching and think it is the real Cher.
What this all boils down to is that "And the Beat Goes On: The Sonny and Cher Story" is entertaining and works for those who don't know the ins and outs of Sonny and Cher but know of Cher as a solo artist. Whilst director David Burton Morris does a fantastic job of keeping it bubbling along it is Renee Faia who makes the movie with her frighteningly accurate portrayal of Cher.
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