Cadillac Records is a 2008 jazz and blues music biopic written and directed by Darnell Martin. The film explores the musical era from the early 1940s to the late 1960s, chronicling the life of the influential Chicago-based record-company executive Leonard Chess, and the singers who recorded for Chess Records.
The film stars Adrien Brody as Leonard Chess, Cedric the Entertainer as Willie Dixon, Mos Def as Chuck Berry, Columbus Short as Little Walter, Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters, and Beyoncé Knowles as Etta James.
The story begins with Muddy Waters with his talents being found by Leonard Chess. Thus creating the Chess Records and making Muddy Waters as his business partner. Later we see Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf and Chuck Berry being part of the whole blues gang.
There's even a spoof of Rolling Stone band which came up to Waters telling him that the band has name it after one of his famous songs. Though that guy in that scene sure doesn't look like Mick Jagger at all.
The storyline differs from its original true side story but afterall it's a good film. We get to see Chuck Berry in his Sweet Little Sixteen and My ding-a-ling. And Beach Boys got sued for copyright changing Berry's Sweet Little Sixteen to Surfin' USA.
The end of the film shows Chess died while driving to the side of the road and get a heart attack. So why doesn't the film called Chess Records instead of Cadillac Records? Well, for each successful black artiste, he gave them a new Cadillac. So the verdict of the film, i can't say much for real - you have to watch it yourself and laugh the joke sometimes in it too!