I have totally mixed feelings on Joyful Noise. On one hand, the singing is captivating and exciting but on the other, the acting is rather poor with sparks of life. I initially the movie was more focused on competitive singing but that wasn't the case, and that changes the experience. The cast is led by Queen Latifah & Dolly Parton, playing rather one-dimensional characters. Dexter Darden, playing Queen Latifah's son, was the highlight from an acting standpoint, as his character was the deepest and his emotional performances was touching. And I knew that was Kirk Franklin, I do not know why I doubted myself!!!
The plot is where the movie takes a significant hit as the story is unexciting and very simplistic. Although I like how the movie does not focus on singing as the story but as a way of coming together, the plot falls short and creates moments of uninterest. The singing is excellent though, drawing in the audience with strong vocal performances and captivating sequences but that is not enough to keep the movie above water.