Written by Adrienne Ambush
Romance. Drama. Tragedy and more tragedy. These four words sum up the entire storyline of Jada in a nutshell.
Starring Sienna Goines as Jada, Jada is a faith-based story about a woman whose life turns up side down when her husband tragically dies in a car accident, leaving her and their two teenage kids out on the streets with nothing but the clothes on their back and their car that they now have to live out of.
Once the movie begins to play, it doesn’t take Jada long to find rescuing from a small town pastor (Clifton Powell) who has more than just friendly intentions towards the widow and her family. Unfortunately, their relationship doesn’t get to go very far because Jada’s son Jamal, played by Jason Weaver, soon gets mixed in with a local gang, and after seeing bad-boy turned mentor Simon Williams (Rockmond Dunbar) risk his own life to save her son’s life, Jada finds herself falling for Simon.
While this movie plays like a book, with the audience hearing what happens more than seeing what happens, it still leaves viewers walking away with the message that if you keep God first, he will make a way for you.
With an aspect ratio of 1.77:1, this 90 minute movie has a very nice picture. The colors are sharp and the picture is realistic. There are no complaints on this end.
Jada features a Dolby 5.1 digital track, and there are no problems with it until the end of the movie. I’m not quite sure if it was the editing or if it was meant to be that way because the actress did not know how to sing, but when Jennifer Freeman’s character is performing at the end of the movie, not only do the words she is singing not match up with the way her mouth is moving (sometimes she’s not opening her mouth while you can clearly hear her singing), but also it sounds like she’s lip synching to someone else singing the words. Again, I’m not sure if this is an editing problem or if this was meant to be.
No extras were featured on this disc.
I can’t lie and say that this was the best movie I ever saw. Like I said before, it felt like we were being told more than we were being shown. Also, even though small snippets were shown telling us that the story was being told from the daughter’s perspective, Jennifer Freeman’s character wasn’t involved in the movie much; confusing the audience on how she would know about certain things that were happening in the story. This is more of a watch at home on a Sunday afternoon type of deal, than go to the movies to see this picture.