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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Black Snake Moan

Despite the curiously exploitive way the studio promoted this film, Black Snake Moan is a good film. The movie stars Samuel L. Jackson as Lazurus, a former blues player who is deeply religious. Christina Ricci plays Rae, a troubled, promiscuous girl beaten and left for dead on Lazurus' property.

Fearing that he would be blamed for her injuries, he nurses her back to health secretly. When he realizes the depths of just how disturbed Rae is, he decides that he cure her of her evils and chains her up in the house. Despite this odd start, the two begin to form a close bond.

I know the movie comes off as racist and sexist but it's anything but. There is an honesty and intensity to this film that surpasses a lot of the garbage that has been coming out of the cinema as late. Jackson and Ricci are amazing actors and they give their characters a depth and honesty that sparks on the screen.

The movie also stars Justin Timberlake as Rae's boyfriend Ronnie who deals with his own problems that rival Rae's.

This is a film that can't be missed. If you love intelligent scriptwriting, top notch acting, and some great blues music this is the film for you.


Grinningcomb said...

So weird that you posted about this. I just watched it a week or so ago with my hubby after never even having heard about it before then. It's really amazing. Acting is amazing, plot is amazing, script is amazing. All and all I really enjoyed it.