TV Review: Lifetime’s nuanced Whitney Houston biopic forces her to share the spotlight

Whitney, Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic, desperately needs a different title. That Whitney‘s title is among its biggest flaws signifies its towering superiority over Lifetime’s last music biopic, Aaliyah: The Princess Of R&B, which counted as its biggest flaw the absence of the angel Gabriel’s blaring trumpet. The misleading title is no small matter though, baiting fans with the promise of a straightforward, rise-to-fame biopic Whitney barely resembles. Whitney And Bobby would scare away the late singer’s superfans, but it would at least accurately describe the product.

Whitney is a two-hander from its opening frame, starring Yaya DaCosta as Houston and Arlen Escarpeta as Bobby Brown, whose influence on Houston’s life and legacy is such a source of controversy and debate as to place him in Yoko Ono’s rarefied air. The film is exclusively about Houston and Brown’s tumultuous relationship, which never feels …

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