Sparkle is on of those films that defines a moment in time and history, captures the essence of an era, and leaves you curious about the lives of the characters beyond the film. Sparkle chronicles the lives of he three main stars on their rise to fame. This film is based on the true life story of the Supreme's. The story of Diana Ross and the Supreme's reads like so many other rise to fame and move to Hollywood stories except that in this case the stars were women of the sixties era and members of the famous Motown sound and the unstoppable Barry Gordy machine.
The story begins when a group of girls who grew up together in the streets of Detroit decide that they are going to become a girl group and one day, stars. Over the coarse of a decade they achieve some successes, however one girl turns to drugs when the group experiences issues concerning the fact that only one of them is getting all the media, recording, and on stage attention.
This is an in depth look at how fame and fortune can seriously change your circumstances and it is not always for the better. For some the rise to stardom can be their downfall and even mean their death if they are not spiritually strong enough to deal with rejection, favoritism, and many other under lined issues that arise as people strive to reach for the goal to become a superstar.
Ultimately, one of the girls untimely death results in a permanent end to the group. While the lead singer goes on to achieve super-stardom all alone. The entertainment can be a cruel and unforgiving environment as this movie really captures what can occur on this road if traveled.
The movie Sparkle includes an all star cast, Irene Cara, Philip Michael Thomas, Lonette Mckee, and Dorian Harewood just to name a few. It is a classic rendition of the lives of the Supreme's and offers a glimpse into the world through the eyes of the people who lived it, a true time capsule of the era that was Motown sound.