Here's the issue: it won't bring you closer to Aaliyah. You may learn some things or whatever but you're not going to feel like you're watching Aaliyah and her life. That's a pretty big issue.
Movies are fun because they transport you into that world. It's always been my favorite way to escape. For a few hours, my life wasn't my life. My world wasn't this world. It's the best! Biopics are fun because you get transported into a celebrity's life. You connect with that celebrity and learn new things about them and their world. You get to (in a sense) be this person. So your heartbreaks when their heart breaks or anything bad happens, you're elated when good things happen. You feel them. This movie seems to subtract every way you could possibly connect in that sense. No music (because Aaliyah's family wouldn't allow it), no one looked like their real life counterparts (I had to google what Damon Dash actually looks like and Missy! LMAO! Come on now....).
Not even close Lifetime
Now, this was very hard for me to connect to because I wasn't an Aaliyah fan. Not that I disliked her, but that wasn't the type of music I listened to back then. I know the very basics of her life, so this movie should have been a really good intro to her and her music. Like when I watched Britney's For the Record. I mean, I was already a fan, but after watching that... I became a stan. I fell in love with her. I fell even more in love with her music. I went from casual fan to her being a piece of me. (Britney Army! Back me up! This totally isn't creepy :D) So watching a good biopic as a non fan who's curious, should absolutely make you a casual fan. If not of the music, then of the person. This had no effect on me because I wasn't watching Aaliyah, R. Kelly, Missy or any of them. I was watching the most upbeat Lifetime movie I've ever seen.
Which brings me to why this movie isn't all that bad. Ignore the fact that this is a movie about Aaliyah for a moment.... Now, how good was that Lifetime movie guys!? It was the least creepy stalker killer-y! Although, I do love those creepy stalker killer movies. This was a standard Lifetime movie. And I looooooooooove Lifetime movies. We all do. That's why we keep giving these biopics a chance. I enjoyed it very much.... as a regular made for TV/waste my time movie. But yes, as an Aaliyah biopic- it fucking failed so hard and sucked. I feel like I learned nothing because I couldn't connect to any of the characters and I wanted to get to know her music without having to actually look for it, I still don't know her music and since I'm not a fan, I'm not really inclined to look for it.
*shrugs* Perhaps we'll stop watching the Lifetime biopics and then they'll learn. LOL that'll never happen. Hopefully, Aaliyah's family can make the real movie happen, so we can actually enjoy that one.