Have you thought about your New Year’s Resolutions yet? I suggest you consider making seeing all the fantastic movies that filmed in Georgia a priority for 2012. There are well over a dozen coming out this year! Joyful Noise stars Dolly Parton in her first major movie in twenty years as G.G. Sparrow, a very active member of the local church choir who hopes to take over as leader when her husband, played by Kris Kristofferson, passes away. In an unwelcome turn of events, the pastor chooses Vi Rose Hill (Queen Latifah) to take over the reins instead. Let’s just say G.G. and Vi Rose butt heads just a little.
The predictable storyline is sort of a protestant version of Sister Act as the choir competes in competitions unsuccessfully until someone comes along to shake things up. Enter Broadway’s young Jeremy Jordan, who plays G.G.’s grandson Randy, a bit of a delinquent with a good set of pipes. He falls in puppy love with Vi Rose’s daughter, Olivia played by Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee)
and the two of them breathe new life into the choir.
The movie was filmed all around the Atlanta area including the Fredrick Brown Jr. Amphitheater (The Fred) in Peachtree City, a Waffle House in Conyers, the Landrum home in the Cole Town historic district in Newnan, downtown on Linwood Avenue, and in several other area counties. The movie was shot in from February through April of this year.
Joyful Noise premiers in theaters on January, 13. If you like gospel choirs and music themed movies with lots of funny scenes, you will enjoy this feel good movie. Let me know what you think!