While this remake of the 1976 cult classic focuses on the titular Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) and her sister (Carmen Ejogo), it's hard to ignore the presence of Whitney Houston as the matriarch of the family, Emma. Her screentime is fairly limited, but given that this is her final movie, it makes her a lot harder to ignore. Unfortunately, this is far from her finest cinematic performance; she's very stilted in her delivery throughout, although the crowd that I saw the film with didn't seem to mind. Even her big gospel number wasn't mind-blowing -- just solid, but not chill-inducing. Still, it earned applause from the people in attendance. So for all you devoted Whitney fans out there, go, enjoy and just don't think too much about it... though you'd be better off watching The Bodyguard again. For everyone else? I'd say give this movie a pass, as Jordin Sparks's turn is not going to land her an Oscar, like fellow American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson managed to do with Dreamgirls.